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Judge To Rape Victim: ‘Why Couldn’t You Just Keep Your Knees Together?’

Image shows the Supreme Court of Canada.

A Canadian judge is currently under probe for some taunting comments he made against a rape victim during a court trial in 2014. The judge could lose his seat from the bench if convicted for the string of controversial comments, reports say.

The Canadian Judicial Council [a federal body that polices judges], is investigating the remarks made by Robin Camp during the trial.

CJC has also published a list of comments made by the judge.

Federal Court Justice Robin Camp asked the 19-year-old woman: “Why couldn’t you just keep your knees together?”, according to the Canadian Judicial Council’s (CJC) website.

The abused woman, who claimed she was raped by Alexander Wagar over a bathroom sink at a house party, told CBC News she was made to feel ‘like some kind of a slut’ during the trial.

Robin reportedly flared up against the victim in court, asking: “Why didn’t you just sink your bottom down into the basin so he couldn’t penetrate you?”

The court judge went further to generalize that “young women always want to have sex, particularly if they’re drunk”. 

Robin added that ‘sex and pain sometimes go together’ and ‘that’s not necessarily a bad thing’.

In his judgement, the controversial judge set Wagar [the accused rapist] free. However, his judgement that acquitted Wagar of any wrongdoing, was overturned by an appeal court.

Wagar will be facing another court trial this November.

A report from Metro confirms a group of law professors and the Alberta attorney general filed complaints against Robin Camp last year. The accused judge will face a panel of 5-member committee who’ll decide either to keep or remove him from the bench.

Image shows the Supreme Court of Canada.

Robin was appointed to the Alberta Provincial Court Criminal Division in Calgary at the time of his debatable remarks against a rape victim. He became a federal judge last year.

Justice Robin told the investigators that he has learnt from the mistakes made at the sex assault trial.

He testified in court, saying: “My concept of what I did wrong has grown.

“I’m very sorry that, on reflection and rereading what I said, that I intimidated her, using facetious words.

“I wish I hadn’t said them,” he remorsefully told the 5-man panel.

“I can’t guarantee that I’m not prejudiced in other areas … I have learned to be constantly vigilant against it,” he said.

“I’m a lot better than I was. I’ll always be vigilant. Perfect, I’ll never be.”

“I’ve let my family down. I’m sorry for the embarrassment I’ve caused to my wife and daughter,” he told the inquiry.

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