California Judge Sanctioned After Saying Women’s Bodies Can Prevent Rape

gavel2No, Todd Akin has not joined the California bench. Superior Court Judge Derek Johnson, a judge in Southern California, has been publicly admonished for saying a rape victim “didn’t put up a fight” and that if someone doesn’t want sexual intercourse, the body “will not permit that to happen.” Johnson is a former prosecutor in the Orange County district attorney’s sex crimes unit and said that the 2008 sentencing that he had cases where women’s vaginas were “shredded” by rape. The California Commission on Judicial Performance voted 10-0 to sanction Johnson for his bizarre and offensive comments.

The commission found that “the judge’s remarks reflected outdated, biased and insensitive views about sexual assault victims who do not ‘put up a fight.’ Such comments cannot help but diminish public confidence and trust in the impartiality of the judiciary.” Yes, though that may mean that he will look for a Senate run.

What is particularly disturbing is that this is a case where the rapist threatened to mutilate the face and genitals of his ex-girlfriend with a heated screwdriver, beat her with a metal baton and injured her in other ways. She reported the threats the next day but did not report the rape for 17 days later.

It is one thing to question the truth of an allegation and quite another to measure such truth by the level of resistance — let alone to suggest consent by the fact that the rape occurred.

Johnson added “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 am not sure whether Johnson is much better at being a judge as he is an amateur gynecologist.

While the prosecutors demanded 16 years, Johnson said the case was “worth” only six years.

As a side note, we previously discussed a case before Johnson involving the recognition of the Festivus religion.

Source: Yahoo

24 thoughts on “California Judge Sanctioned After Saying Women’s Bodies Can Prevent Rape”

  1. Why was this guy not removed from the bench? How many women will be mistreated by him?

  2. “What is particularly disturbing is that this is a case where the rapist threatened to mutilate the face and genitals of his ex-girlfriend with a heated screwdriver, beat her with a metal baton and injured her in other ways.”

    Maybe the judge thought the ex-girlfriend had asked for it. You know how infuriating women can be!

  3. 1950 called.

    They want their judge back. And/or the village idiot. Strangely, on the wanted posters, they look like they could be brothers. I’m thinking two birds, one stone.

  4. Elizabeth Juanita Campbell:

    “What the man in the street is not aware of is the big and bold conspiracy to defraud the Constitution by America’s worthless lawyers (something is definitely happening in the law Schools)…some (and definitely not all of the judiciary)! The reality is those in charge…the entire Supreme Court of the United States…for there is not one, NO NOT ONE ON THIS PRESENT BENCH THAT IS GROUNDED IN MORALITY!”

    *****************************

    Salt Lake Tribune:

    West Valley City pastor charged with failing to report child abuse
    Courts » Brawling, fraud probe and litigation follow the Tongan United Methodist Church split.

    ^^^^
    Aljazeera:

    Australian Catholic Church admits child abuse
    State of Victoria confirms that more than 600 children have been sexually abused by Catholic priests since the 1930s.

    ^^^^

    Huffington Post:

    “Sovereign Grace Ministries, Evangelical Church, Hid Child Abuse Claims”

    ^^^^

    See, all Christians are worthless pedophiles engaged in a big. bold conspiracy to defraud the Constitution. (Yes, even the ones in Australia). NOT ONE IS GROUNDED IN MORALITY!

    Generalize much?

    Gotta hand it to you though, crazy is fun !!! Easy, too.

  5. The commission found that “the judge’s remarks reflected outdated, biased and insensitive views about sexual assault victims who do not ‘put up a fight.’ Such comments cannot help but diminish public confidence and trust in the impartiality of the judiciary.”
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    they forgot misogyny……and yes, what Justice Holmes said.

    the scales of justice regarding rape are balanced at ‘consent’….
    if a judge finds a non-consenting victim complicit…..then she has just been gang-raped……

  6. Is there any bigger advertisement for the failure of education, including higher education, in this country then this walking billboard that got through elementary, high school, undergrad and law school without knowing even basic biology?

  7. While there are a host of horrors that proceed from this story the one that is very, very troublesome in terms of how the judicial process treats rape victims is that it is possible that this judge is only a symptom of what many males judges actually believe. If so it would certainly explain the outrageous treatment of rape and domestic violence victims at the hands of many judges and prosecutors.

    It is time to do some house cleaning and start finding out. By the way being “admonished” doesn’t come close to what should have happened. First, he should be off the bench now!

  8. Well I guess the good news is at least the judicial committee did not agree with his position.

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