A federal judge in Canada resigned after a disciplinary council directed elected officials to remove him from his position following highly offensive comments to a rape victim during a trial.
Judge Robin Camp stepped down before the Canadian Parliament could decide to pursue the matter. In a case involving a 19-year old rape victim, Camp asked ,”why couldn’t you just keep your knees together?” He also wondered out loud why she didn’t “skew her pelvis.”
The council that reviewed the situation released the following statement:
We find that the judge’s conduct, viewed in its totality and in light of all of its consequences, was so manifestly and profoundly destructive of the concept of impartiality, integrity and independence of the judicial role that public confidence is sufficiently undermined to render the judge incapable of executing the judicial office.
During the trial, Camp also seemed to provide advice to the accused on how to stay out of trouble:
You’ve got to be very sure that the girl wants you to do it. Please tell your friends so that they don’t upset women and so that they don’t get into trouble. We’re far more protective of women — young women and older women — than we used to be and that’s the way it should be.
That such disregard was shown toward the victim whilst the accused received polite, patriarchal guidance is quite astonishing. This form of bias has no place in a functioning, democratic court system that strives to serve all people.