CNN Analyst: Pedophiles Caught With Child Porn Deserve Lighter Sentences Because Times Have Changed

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CNN’s legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin shocked decent viewers yesterday when he argued that child porn offenders are being punished too harshly in 2021 and should receive far more lenient sentences because times have changed.

Toobin was offered a job at CNN after he was fired from his position with The New Yorker in 2020 after he masturbated on a Zoom call with colleagues.

The CNN analyst was defending Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s leniency on child porn offenders when discussing the ongoing Senate hearings for her Supreme Court confirmation.

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Per Fox: On Tuesday, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson addressed Sen. Josh Hawley’s, R-Mo., criticism against her about her sentencing record of being more lenient towards child porn and sex offenders. 

Appearing on CNN’s “At This Hour with Kate Bolduan,” Toobin agreed with Jackson’s argument that current child porn sentences need to be reduced and adapted for a “post-internet” society.

I remember, when I was an assistant U.S. Attorney back in the ’90s is that when those sentencing guidelines were written for those cases, that this was a time when the people who committed these crimes would order individual photos and get them usually through email, and then they would be sentenced based on the number of photos they possessed. This was all pre-internet,” Toobin explained.

So once the internet came in and people got access to hundreds and then thousands of photos, the sentencing guidelines would reflect hundreds and then thousands of photos. Federal judges have been struggling with the issue of how do you create a fair system that was designed pre-internet, yet you have to sentence people post-internet.

Jackson made similar comments when asked about her previous sentences by Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill.

It wasn’t like she was letting these people go, but they were somewhat less than the guidelines because the guidelines had not been adapted for the internet era,” Toobin said.

In 2020, Toobin was fired from his position at The New Yorker for masturbating during a Zoom call with colleagues. While he was absent for eight months from the liberal network, Toobin returned to CNN in June 2021. 

Jackson continues to face questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee about her nomination to the Supreme Court. President Biden selected Jackson as his nominee in February after Justice Stephen Breyer announced his retirement from the bench. If appointed, Jackson will be the first Black female to serve on the Supreme Court.

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