Alabama Attorney General Steven T. Marshall swears against Judge Ketanji Jackson’s nomination to the Senate Judiciary Committee. She said she wanted a fundamental reorganization of the criminal justice system.
Marshall said that he was concerned about the direction of the country’s law enforcement and administration. He told senators, “You probably are well-acquainted to the wave of lawlessness which has swept across the nation these past years, leading to an increase in crime and criminality–including, most banefully a dramatic spike in murders–unseen in the 1990s.”
This reality is set by the lawmaking branches of both the Federal and State governments. This week is a chance to discuss the role of the judiciary in the criminal-justice system and the effects that judges’ decisions can have on public safety.
Judge Jackson’s nomination comes at an era when crime and punishment rank high in America, regardless of which political party they are. Her strong support has been received by activist groups with views which are quite different from mainstream. This should be cause for concern.
He said that the left’s push for criminal justice reforms was “in name compassion” for perpetrators. He claimed that this was at the expense of victims of the same ethnicity and race.
Marshall cited 2018 Bureau of Justice Statistics Report, which showed that 70% of violent incidents involving black victims involved offenders of the same ethnicity or race. Marshall said:
These data raise questions about the progressive argument for compassion (leniency), which suggests that offenders should be granted mercy (leniency) because of their vulnerability.