Judge tells jury to acquit accused sex trafficker because God said she's innocent

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2019/03/08/judge-tells-jury-to-acquit-acc.html

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Or more likely ‘The defendant has dirt on me or my boss that I want to stay hidden’

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An good example of the GOP installed judge pool coming soon to a jurisdiction near you.

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When God tells me I gotta do something, I gotta do it get my meds checked.

FTFY, your Honor.

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There’s sooo much wrong here, but just to sum up:

  • Sex trafficking work shouldn’t be a crime at all, unless it’s not consensual.

  • “God says” should never be used as a rationale for anything legal binding.

  • The judge’s claims of temporary mental impairment seem like a lame excuse and an insult to people who genuinely suffer from mental illness.

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Well, there’s a book in popular circulation that details some pretty heinous shit that god has supposedly done, so I think that cat is already out of the bag.

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While I am suspicious it can very well be true. Was this behavior consistent with the judge’s past behavior? I recommend reading The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind: My Tale of Madness and Recovery. The author had many signs of frontotemporal dementia due to a brain tumor. Amazingly she made a recovery and was able to provide rare 1st person insight from what it is like to have cognitive problems from a person who recovered from them. Plus her symptoms were in line with the issues she studied and she was not able to recognize her own delusions at the time.

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Dude, I think it is time to step down. Or at least take a leave of absence until your issues clear up.

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Judge: God says she’s innocent.

Jury: Testify!

Judge Hallelujah!

Jury: No, we mean we want to hear God testify regarding her innocence. Under oath.

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Is this that dual loyalty thing I’ve been hearing about?

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Oh okay, then. Carry on judging.

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episodic medical condition referred to as a ‘delirium’ religion

FTFY

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Don’t you think a judge has more useful methods at his disposal? Disallow witnesses or inconvenient questions, give biased instructions to the jury and so on. I think temporary insanity seems like a perfectly reasonable explanation for this behavior that he in a rational moment would have realized couldn’t possibly work.

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Robison provided letters from two medical professionals that Robison’s outburst was caused by a “temporary, episodic medical condition referred to as a ‘delirum.’”

Pretty much sums up the whole of the Bible right there.

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Well, Revelation at the very least.

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So he was speaking in tongues?

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I asked elsewhere, but maybe someone here knows…

How was the witness sworn in?

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We’ll never know, since presumably he thinks English is Heaven’s official language.

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