The Canadian Judicial Council has been investigating Judge Robin Camp after he made several humiliating and misogynistic comments about to a rape victim during a trial. At one point, Judge Camp even went as far as asking why a victim couldn't "just keep her knees shut" during a sexual assault.
Comments made by Camp two years ago ranged from digusting to deplorable. From the Canadian Judicial Council document (via Jezebel): “Young women want to have sex, particularly if they’re drunk,” he said. And: “Some sex and pain sometimes go together...[T]hat’s not necessarily a bad thing.” And: “Sex is very often a challenge.” At other points in the case, the judge mistakenly referred to the victim as "the accused" and stated that the rape didn't sound violent because "There is no real talk of real force.”
It gets even worse, as evidenced by snippets of dialogue excerpted in the latest investigation (Judge Camp here is identified as THE COURT, while the prosecutor is MS. MOGRABEE,):
"THE COURT: Well, she doesn’t have to do any of these things. She doesn’t have to say don’t lock the door. She can take her chances. Foolishly she could do that. If she sees the door being locked, she’s not a complete idiot, she knows what’s coming next. In our law she doesn’t have to say unlock the door I’m getting out. She can take her chances, perhaps in the hope of getting him into trouble. Who knows what (INDISCERNIBLE) would be in those circumstances. But am I not, as a guide to answering the question in general, not as a final answer, but as part of the answer —
MS. MOGRABEE: That’s a different rule. I’m just saying that, you know, it - - it follows that — that antiquated way of thinking has been set by the wayside, for a reason. It’s the same thinking —
THE COURT: I hope you don’t live too long, Ms. Mograbee."
Camp ultimately and unsurprisingly acquitted the alleged rapist "after deeming his version of events more credible," but following an investigation, a re-trial has been scheduled. He was originally sent to counseling and given a re-education program to help update his biases about sexual violence.
“His counseling has given him insight into the impropriety of these statements and the connotations they carry in light of the discriminatory history of sexual assault law,” said Frank Addario, Camp's Lawyer.
Still, many are calling for Camp to be completely fired. “We conclude that Justice Camp’s conduct is so manifestly and profoundly destructive of the concept of the impartiality, integrity and independence of the judicial role that public confidence is sufficiently undermined to render the Judge incapable of executing the judicial office," reads a report from the organization. "Accordingly, the Inquiry Committee expresses the unanimous view that a recommendation by the Council for Justice Camp’s removal is warranted.”
Camp is still able to file a submission in his own defense before his possible removal from office.
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