What’s Current: Canadian Judicial Council recommends Justice Robin Camp be removed from the bench

CJC committee recommends Justice Robin Camp's removal from the bench. Photograph: Jeff McIntosh/Canadian Press
CJC committee recommends Justice Robin Camp’s removal from the bench. Photograph: Jeff McIntosh/Canadian Press

Canadian Judicial Council’s committee of inquiry recommends that Justice Robin Camp, who asked a rape victim why she couldn’t just “keep her knees together,” be removed from the bench.

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  • therealcie

    Yes, please, for the love of all that’s decent in the world, remove this despicable sexist and his Dark Ages views of women immediately.

  • Lisa Tremblay

    The Canadian Judicial Council had better make a recommendation to remove Robin Camp from the bench or women will be up in arms.
    The whole process makes me wonder how Camp got away with that behaviour in the courtroom, acquitted the rapist and then got promoted to the Federal Court. Doesn’t the Federal Court examine the decisions and behaviour of the Provincial Court judges before hiring them? I presume they didn’t interview Camp for the position; if they had, presumably they would have screened him out for not knowing the history of sexual assault law in Canada.
    The Alberta Justice Minister who called the inquiry promises that victims will be treated with respect and dignity and not subjected to sexual myths and stereotypes when they come forward. Wow. The criminal justice system has a long history of subjecting victims to sexual myths and stereotypes. That’s not going to stop just by getting rid of one bad judge.

  • TheArtistFormerlyKnownAsYoya

    It’s the only way things are going to change. Just watched “The Hunting Ground” and perpetrators of rape are far more likely to sue a university over being accused than victims are over being raped…money talks.

  • TheArtistFormerlyKnownAsYoya

    Well, not upper middle class white women…as his daughter said he was very supportive when SHE was raped. She said this in his defense but it’s all the more reason to remove him! Typical madonna/whore complex.

    • Virginia Howard

      …And it could have been different again, if he were the presiding judge in his daughter’s rape case; then his responsibility to uphold man-made laws would have won out over his paternal compassion.