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Canadian judge facing removal over ghastly comments in rape case

September 13, 2016

A Canadian judge may be removed from the bench for asking a woman in a rape trial why she couldn’t “just keep [her] knees together.”

Federal Court Judge Robin Camp, who was a provincial court judge at the time of the 2014 trial, is undergoing a week-long council hearing to determine whether or not he should be fired from his position.

While presiding over the rape case in question, Camp asked the 19-year-old complainant why she didn’t “skew her pelvis,” or “just keep [her] knees together” to ward off the alleged attacker. Camp also opined that “[y]oung wom[e]n want to have sex, particularly if they’re drunk,” and that “sex and pain sometimes go together … that’s not necessarily a bad thing.”

He acquitted the defendant, but that ruling has since been overturned.

When Camp’s comments surfaced, the Canadian Judicial Council launched an investigation. At a panel hearing on Friday, Camp apologized to the complainant and attributed his comments to a “non-existent” knowledge of Canadian law. The South African-born judge said that he normally deals with contract and bankruptcy cases, and asked the panel to remember that he “wasn’t in this country through the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s.”

After a hearing on Monday, the panel will send its recommendation to the Canadian Judicial Council.

Read the full story at CNN.



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