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'Knees Together' Judge Apologizes, Quits

Canadian council voted to remove Robin Camp

(Newser) - A judge who asked a 19-year-old woman why she couldn't have just kept her legs together to prevent being raped has quit rather than be forced out. Justice Robin Camp resigned from the Federal Court of Canada Thursday after members of the country's judicial watchdog voted 19 to... More »

Mom Laughs During Daughter's Hearing, Gets Sent to Jail

She disrupted victim impact statement

(Newser) - A Michigan mom who laughed during her daughter's sentencing hearing for killing a man while driving drunk ended up in jail herself. Wayne County Circuit Judge Qiana Lillard scolded the family of 25-year-old Amanda Kosal for giggling while the dead man's sister gave a victim impact statement last... More »

Pence Defends Trump's Skewering of Judge

President slammed James Robart over travel ban ruling

(Newser) - Vice President Mike Pence came to his boss' defense Sunday over the president's scolding of a federal judge. "The president of the United States has every right to criticize the other two branches of government," Pence said on NBC 's Meet The Press. The VP had... More »

This Is the Judge Who Blocked Deportations

Ann Donnelly has been on federal bench about a year

(Newser) - President Trump's immigration order has thrust a New York federal judge into the spotlight. US District Court Judge Ann Donnelly issued the ruling that blocked immediate deportations, prompting plenty of coverage about her and the scope of the decision:
  • Donnelly, 57, has been on the federal bench a little
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Judge Sucker-Punched Lawyer After Party: Complaint

'I do justice and I f---ing kill people!' Robert Beltrani allegedly said before altercation

(Newser) - A party in October ended with a Legal Aid lawyer lying unconscious on a New York City sidewalk, and on Tuesday, a state parole judge who handles Rikers Island cases was charged with misdemeanor assault and harassment in the case, the New York Daily News reports. Robert Beltrani, 53, was... More »

NC Judge Tried to Bribe Deputy With Bud Light

Wayne County judge offered a sheriff's deputy two cases of Bud Light to monitor wife's text messages

(Newser) - Wayne County Judge Arnold O. Jones II is going to jail for trying to spy on his wife's text messages, the Raleigh News and Observer writes. When he suspected his wife was having an affair, instead of snooping through her phone himself, Jones thought it would be a good... More »

Brock Turner Judge Steps Away From New Sex-Crimes Case

Aaron Persky says he thinks some may doubt his ability to be impartial

(Newser) - A California judge under fire for the light sentence he gave to ex-Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner has recused himself from making his first key decision in another sex-crimes case, per the AP . Santa Clara County Judge Aaron Persky filed a statement with the court saying that some people might... More »

Alaska Judge Censured for 'Undignified' Remarks in Court

'Has anything good ever come out of drinking, except for sex with a pretty girl?'

(Newser) - A Nome Superior Court judge who admitted in December he made "mistakes right and left" after transitioning from his job as an attorney onto the judge's bench is now paying for those mistakes. On Friday, the Alaska Supreme Court handed down a censure against Timothy Dooley, which publicly... More »

Angry Judge Berates Jail Over Woman's Court Attire

But jail in Louisville pushes back over criticism

(Newser) - An otherwise routine court appearance became anything but when an angry judge in Louisville, Kentucky, interrupted the proceedings to call the jail from the bench about a female inmate's lack of pants. “What the hell is going on?” says District Court Judge Amber Wolf. “I’m holding... More »

Judge Orders Heroin Dealers to Pay for Antidotes

But they'll serve years in prison first

(Newser) - Fatal drug overdoses have jumped about 40% in Pittsburgh and the surrounding area in recent years, a trend one judge hopes an unusual punishment will help reverse. In two cases this week, Judge Anthony Mariani ordered drug dealers to pay $50 to local EMS for each brick of heroin they... More »

Judge Who Chastised Abuse Victim Gets Own Punishment

Jerri Collins will get a public reprimand and has to attend a domestic violence course

(Newser) - A Florida judge who publicly dressed down an abused woman in 2015 and sent her to jail for three days for not showing up to face her abuser in court is now facing her own repercussions. Seminole County Judge Jerri Collins, who reached a plea agreement in March to receive... More »

Judge in Rape Case: 'Why Couldn't You Keep Your Knees Together?'

Robin Camp now says his thinking was 'infected with stereotypical beliefs'

(Newser) - Two years after a Canadian judge repeatedly called an alleged rape victim "the accused," asked her "why couldn't you just keep your knees together?" and acquitted the actual accused of sexual assault, Robin Camp is facing a public hearing that will determine whether he should keep... More »

Stanford Rape Judge Pulled From New Sex-Assault Case

DA says he doesn't think Persky can 'fairly participate'

(Newser) - Aaron Persky, the judge widely condemned for his lenient ruling in the Stanford rape case , has been abruptly removed from a new sexual-assault case. District Attorney Jeff Rosen says he lost confidence in Persky after he took the unusual step of ending a misdemeanor mail theft case midtrial on Monday,... More »

Would-Be Jurors Boycotting Stanford Rape Judge

He's also accused of siding with suspects in teen gang-rape case

(Newser) - The judge in the Stanford rape case isn't just facing a petition to get him off the bench —he's become so unpopular that potential jurors are bailing. KPIX reports that on Wednesday, some 20 potential jurors refused to serve on a jury in an unrelated stolen-goods case... More »

Ryan: Trump's Judge Remark Is 'Textbook' Racism

But he'll still vote for Trump over Clinton

(Newser) - Only Paul Ryan knows for sure if Paul Ryan regrets saying he'll endorse Donald Trump for president, but the House speaker is being somewhat more frank about his thoughts on other Trump matters—specifically, the presumptive GOP nominee's remarks on Gonzalo Curiel, the Indiana-born federal judge Trump's... More »

Gingrich: Trump's Judge Remarks 'Inexcusable'

He says Trump has made one of his 'worst mistakes'

(Newser) - Donald Trump's claim that a US-born judge is a Mexican with a conflict of interest is "inexcusable" and "one of the worst mistakes Trump has made," according to Newt Gingrich, a Trump ally so staunch he has been talked about as a VP pick. "That... More »

Trump: Judge in My Case Has 'Conflict' Because He's Mexican

'I'm building a wall'

(Newser) - Donald Trump has previously called the judge presiding over the two fraud cases against Trump University a "hater of Donald Trump" and made note of his Mexican ethnicity. Now, in an interview with the Wall Street Journal , Trump expands on the two themes: Judge Gonzalo Curiel, he says, has... More »

Judge Quits After Photos of Spanked Defendants Surface

He's accused of trading leniency for sex with young men

(Newser) - Arkansas Judge Joe Boeckmann was a sexual predator who cared a lot more about paddling young white men than he did about justice, according to investigators, whose evidence includes thousands of photos of nude defendants. Boeckmann, under investigation since last year amid accusations that he exchanged leniency for sexual favors,... More »

Alabama Judge in Trouble Over Gay-Marriage Fight

Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore may lose his job

(Newser) - Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore—ousted from office more than a decade ago over a Ten Commandments display—now faces possible removal from the bench over his effort to block gay marriage from coming to that state after the US Supreme Court effectively legalized same-sex marriage nationwide, the AP reports.... More »

Happier Reunion for Judge Who Recognized Inmate as Classmate

Mindy Glazer showed up to cheer Arthur Booth on as he was released from jail

(Newser) - Last summer, an emotional video of a Florida burglary suspect appearing before a judge who turned out to be his middle school classmate went viral. Almost 10 months later, Arthur Booth was released from jail Tuesday—and Judge Mindy Glazer was there to wish him well and see him on... More »

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