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BY LOGAN TITTLE

 

A California judge is under harsh criticism for comments he made in a rape victim’s case in 2008. WWTI has more details.

 

“Judge Derek Johnson said if a person doesn't want to be forced to have sex, they can shut their body down.”

 

So why are Johnson’s 2008 comments coming out now? The state’s commission on judicial performance reportedly didn’t learn about them until the OC Weekly published a story on the ruling earlier this year.

 

The Los Angeles Times reports the victim’s former live-in boyfriend was convicted of rape, domestic battery, making threats and other charges, and Johnson handed him a six-year sentence as opposed to the 16 years suggested by the prosecutor.

 

Documents released Thursday reveal Johnson told the court, “I’m not a gynecologist, but I can tell you something … If someone doesn’t want to have sexual intercourse, the body shuts down … unless a lot of damage [is] inflicted, and we heard nothing about that in this case. That tells me that the victim … although she wasn’t necessarily willing, she didn’t put up a fight.”

 

The Associated Press explains California Law does not require proof that a rape victim tried to resist an attack and a state commission found the judge’s statements reflected personal views.

 

“California Commission on Judicial Performance issued a report saying this comment was inappropriate and a breach of judicial ethics.”

(WTFX)

 

Johnson issued an apology and remains on the bench.
 

 

Calif. Judge Criticized For Controversial Rape Comments

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Dec 14, 2012

Calif. Judge Criticized For Controversial Rape Comments

(Image Source: Lubavitch.com)

 

BY LOGAN TITTLE

 

A California judge is under harsh criticism for comments he made in a rape victim’s case in 2008. WWTI has more details.

 

“Judge Derek Johnson said if a person doesn't want to be forced to have sex, they can shut their body down.”

 

So why are Johnson’s 2008 comments coming out now? The state’s commission on judicial performance reportedly didn’t learn about them until the OC Weekly published a story on the ruling earlier this year.

 

The Los Angeles Times reports the victim’s former live-in boyfriend was convicted of rape, domestic battery, making threats and other charges, and Johnson handed him a six-year sentence as opposed to the 16 years suggested by the prosecutor.

 

Documents released Thursday reveal Johnson told the court, “I’m not a gynecologist, but I can tell you something … If someone doesn’t want to have sexual intercourse, the body shuts down … unless a lot of damage [is] inflicted, and we heard nothing about that in this case. That tells me that the victim … although she wasn’t necessarily willing, she didn’t put up a fight.”

 

The Associated Press explains California Law does not require proof that a rape victim tried to resist an attack and a state commission found the judge’s statements reflected personal views.

 

“California Commission on Judicial Performance issued a report saying this comment was inappropriate and a breach of judicial ethics.”

(WTFX)

 

Johnson issued an apology and remains on the bench.
 

 

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