Meet the newest member of Peter G's, "Why I Hate The World" club. This is Derek Johnson, an inferior Superior Court Judge from southern California. He used to be a prosecutor for Orange County's sex crimes unit. So you'd think this guy would know a few things about sex crimes, right?
In 2008, he was hearing the case of a man who threatened his ex-girlfriend. He said he was going to use a heated screwdriver to mutilate her face and genitals. He beat her with a metal baton and made more violent threats, then finished things off with rape, forced oral copulation, "and other crimes." The woman reported the violence the next day, but didn't report the rape until 17 days later (women will sometimes not mention it because they think the men in the Establishment don't give a shit. We will see that was unfortunately prescient of her).
The prosecutor in the case wanted 16 years.
The judge gave him 6.
His reasoning? (Buckle up, Spanky.) He had seen violent cases during his sex crime unit days where women's vaginas were "shredded" by rape. "I'm not a gynecologist, but I can tell you something: if someone doesn't want to have sexual intercourse, the body shuts down. The body will not permit that to happen unless a lot of damage is inflicted, and we heard nothing about that in this case."
...I'm sorry, but that statement is so full of bullshit, I need a moment to recover.
The California Commission On Judicial Performance reviewed the complaint about his "logic" (after four years. Thanks for expediting this). Johnson's defense was that he was frustrated with the prosecutor's insistence on a 16 year sentence. Johnson felt 6 was what the case was "worth". I think he'll find a LOT of people who are siding with the DA on this one. Anyway, the panel ruled 10-0 to publicly admonish Johnson. Yeah, that'll teach him. I'm sure if they were tech savvy, they'd start an online petition, too.
Anyone thinking judges are supposed to be wise and not let their petty feelings get in the way of justice? I got some bad news for you....