Canadian Judge Robin Camp came under heavy criticism after making comments widely considered inappropriate during a trial. Camp had acquitted an alleged rapist after asking the victim, "Why couldn't you just keep your knees together?" Now, Camp has resigned from his position following recommendations from the Canadian Judicial Council.
"I want you to tell your friends, your male friends, that they have to be far more gentle with women," Camp had said during the now-infamous trial. "They have to be far more patient. And they have to be very careful. To protect themselves, they have to be very careful."
The council investigated the situation and now says that "the judge's conduct ... was so manifestly and profoundly destructive of the concept of impartiality, integrity and independence of the judicial role that the judge was rendered incapable of executing the judicial office." Furthermore Camp was said to have "relied on discredited myths and stereotypes about women and victim-blaming" and added that his comments showed "antipathy" toward laws meant to protect vulnerable witnesses.
According to CNN, Camp had admitted that he knew little to nothing about sexual assault; he had primarily focused on contract and bankruptcy cases throughout his career. His knowledge of Canadian criminal law was, in his own words, "nonexistant."
Camp apologized "to everyone who was hurt by my comments" in a statement. "I thank everyone who was generous and kind to me and my family in the last 15 months, particularly my legal team. I will not be answering media inquiries today," he said.
Camp's resignation will go into effect this Friday. He "won't be eligible for any pension or payout," according to Global News.
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