Judge Robin Camp, the 'knees together judge,' resigns from bench

Kristopher Drake
March 11, 2017

A judge who asked a complainant in a rape trial why she couldn't just keep her knees together has resigned, hours after the disciplinary body for Canadian judges recommended that he be removed from the bench.

Justice Robin Camp said in a statement released by his lawyer that he will resign today and that he's sorry for the hurt he has caused.

Prior to his resignation, Camp faced a public hearing before the Canadian Judicial Council over his harsh comments.

"Sexual assault and gender-based violence is in no form acceptable and we will continue to stand up for victims", she said.

The Canadian Judicial Council launched an inquiry into Camp the following November after four law professors filed a formal complaint against him, citing his "rude" and "derogatory comments" that had "trivialize (d) the nature of the allegations".

Camp asked the woman why she just didn't "just sink your bottom down into the basin so he couldn't penetrate you", the Post said.

According to transcripts, Camp repeatedly referred to the 19-year-old complainant as the "accused" during the trial, and said in his ruling she "hasn't explained why she allowed the sex to happen if she didn't want it".

Camp even alleged that the rape wasn't a rape: "I don't believe there's any talk of an attack really..." The decision comes almost three years after Camp accused a 19-year-old rape survivor of not doing more to prevent being raped, an attack that occurred above a sink at a party.

His lawyer Frank Addario had said: "Removal is not necessary to preserve public confidence in this case".

"I'm very sorry that, on reflection and rereading what I said, that I intimidated her, using facetious words", Camp said at his testimony in September. Did he also ask her what she was wearing? The man was found not guilty a second time, which Camp said contributed to his claim that he deserved a second chance. The Canadian Judicial Council is composed of 23 members.

Since its creation in 1971, the judicial watchdog has only recommended the removal of two other judges from the bench. The council noted that he had nearly no experience in Canadian criminal law. She said she had contemplated suicide as a result of her experience.

The woman alleged she was raped at a house party in Calgary.

He went to great lengths to demonstrate to the panel that he should keep his job, citing a series of one-on-one counselling and education sessions he had undertaken with feminist scholars to educate himself on sensitivity and sexual assault laws.

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