Calif. judge says victims' body can prevent rape

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Updated: 12/13/2012 7:32 pm

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California judge is being publicly admonished for saying a rape victim didn't put up a fight during her assault and that if someone doesn't want sexual intercourse, the body "will not permit that to happen."

The California Commission on Judicial Performance issued a report Thursday saying Superior Court Judge Derek Johnson's comments were inappropriate and a breach of judicial ethics.

Johnson is a former prosecutor in the Orange County district attorney's sex crimes unit. He issued an apology saying he was frustrated with a prosecutor during an argument in 2008 over the sentencing in the case before him compared to other more aggravated cases.

The case involved a man who threatened to mutilate the face and genitals of his ex-girlfriend with a heated screwdriver before committing rape, forced oral copulation, and other crimes.

 

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wilson - 12/14/2012 4:29 PM
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It is in California so would be expected!

roseanya - 12/14/2012 7:54 AM
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Sounds like we still have Judges who think a victim must fight until death to prevent the crime. Let's FOCUS on the perpetrators violent attack and that the perpetrators cannot be left in our midst. Instead we expect every man, woman and child to fight them off?
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