By not taking rape seriously (though, I’m glad to see the public admonishment that followed… four years later). This makes me sick:
“I’m not a gynecologist, but I can tell you something,” the judge said, according to documents released Thursday. “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 in inflicted, and we heard nothing about that in this case.
“That tells me that the victim in this case, although she wasn’t necessarily willing, she didn’t put up a fight,” the judge said.
The judge, who has been with the Orange County Superior Court since 2000, also declared the rape “technical,” and not “a real, live criminal case.”
“To treat this case like the rape cases that we all hear about is an insult to victims of rape,” the judge said. “I think it’s an insult. I think it trivializes a rape.”
Judge Johnson has now been publicly admonished, and has apologized, but the sentence he imposed four years ago was likely influenced by the views reflected in these comments (which, of course, don’t even comport with the law).