Stupid Canadian Judge May Lose Job
The Canadian judge who asked a rape victim why she “couldn’t just keep her knees together” could lose his job.
In an inquiry slated for September, a five-person committee will evaluate whether federal Justice Robin Camp is still fit to hold office after his shocking comments during a 2014 rape trial.
“Why didn’t you just sink your bottom down into the basin so he couldn’t penetrate you?” the judge asked the young victim who said she was raped over a bathroom sink during a Calgary house party, according to an canadian-judge-cjc-complaint-r-camp filed after the case.
Camp, who was then an Alberta court judge, repeatedly referred to the 19-year-old victim as “the accused” and demanded to know “why she allowed sex to happen if she didn’t want it.”
“If you were frightened, you could have screamed,” – Stupid Canadian judge Robin Camp to rape victim.
The teen said she’d been in pain throughout the horrifying assault — and Camp responded that “sex and pain sometimes go together” and said that was “not necessarily a bad thing.”
When a prosecutor accused him of antiquated thinking, he replied, “I hope you don’t live too long, Ms. Mograbee.”
Camp acquitted accused rapist Alexander Scott Wagar in September 2014, but the following year an appeals court overturned the decision and ordered a new trial.
After a deluge of complaints spearheaded by two law professors, the feds took up a formal investigation.
Camp has not heard any cases since November, according to the CBC.
But in a notice of response posted to the Canadian Judicial Council website, Camp apologized and said he thinks he’s still fit to be behind the bench.
“Justice Camp’s position is that he has not rendered himself incapacitated or disabled from the due execution of the office of judge,” according to his response.
The disgraced judge says he’s undergone sensitivity training and won’t make such statements in the future.
“Justice Camp agrees that he made insensitive and inappropriate comments during the Wagar trial,” his response reads.
“He has apologized generally and specifically. He intends to apologize at the Inquiry Committee hearing.”
The judge’s response comes on the heels of public outrage over a California judge’s lenient sentencing for Stanford swimming star and convicted rapist Brock Turner.
“I mean, I take him at his word that, subjectively, that’s his version of events. The jury, obviously found it not to be the sequence of events,” Judge Aaron Persky said during the 20-year-old Turner’s sentencing.
The reviled judge handed Turner a six-month jail sentence after a jury convicted him on three sex-related felony charges.
In Camp’s case, if the council rules that he’s not fit to be a judge they will pass on to Parliament a recommendation for removal.
Examples of Camp’s questionable conduct include questions he asked the complainant:
“Why didn’t you just sink your bottom down into basin so he couldn’t penetrate you?”
“Why couldn’t you just keep your knees together?”
Other comments he made in court include:
“If she sees the door being locked…she’s not a complete idiot…she knows what’s coming next.”
“If she skews her pelvis slightly, she can avoid him.”
“She hasn’t explained why she allowed the sex to happen if she didn’t want it.”
“She knew she was drunk is not an onus on her to be more careful?”
Alex Wagar was charged with one count of sexual assault. According to Wagar’s testimony, the sex was consensual.
Camp acquitted Wagar in September 2014.
The following June, Robin Camp was appointed to the Federal Court by former Justice Minister Peter MacKay.