Posts Tagged ‘Judge’

It’s been a bad week for Manitoba judges.

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

First there are calls for a Manitoba Justice’s removal from the bench for comments he made during a sexual assault sentencing. Now a Manitoba judge has been charged with assaulting a woman.

Judge Brian Corrin, 65, was charged with assaulting and threatening a family member. According to police, the alleged assault caused minor injuries to the woman.

Corrin has been a judge since 1988. He’s been place on administrative leave, pending the outcome of this case.

Corrin was suspended from the bench for 30 days back in 1996. A panel of six judges found him guilty of misconduct. He skipped a court hearing so that he could oversee repairs to his car.

Just goes to show that judges are as human as everyone else.

 

 

 

 

Should convicted rapists automatically go to jail?

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

The answer seems obvious. Someone who is convicted of rape, should go to jail.

But should that happen in every case?

If a judge decides that jail is not an appropriate punishment in a particular case, should he or she have to give reasons to support that decision?

And if that judge picks the wrong words to support that decision, should he or she be removed from the bench?

It’s a topic that’s central to a firestorm of media activity in Canada and abroad that began with a judges controversial comments in the sentencing portion of a criminal trial.

Now protesters are calling for the judges removal from the court.

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Judge apologizes after being arrested for DUI.

Friday, February 25th, 2011

New Mexico Court of Appeals Judge Robert E. Robles was recently arrested for DUI.

The arrest took place in Albuquerque after he reportedly ran a red light at 50 mph and nearly crashed his car into a police officer’s vehicle. According to police he had a breath-alcohol concentration of .20, nearly 2.5 times the legal limit.

Robles apologized, and stated (in part):

“I sincerely apologize to my family, to the citizens of New Mexico, to the members of the New Mexico Court of Appeals and to the entire New Mexico judiciary for my recent personal actions. I made an egregious error in judgment that resulted in painful consequences to those who place their trust in me.”

He’s placed himself on administrative leave without pay (which, in my opinion, is a very responsible thing to do).

He, like everyone else, is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

But if he is proven guilty, what should happen?

Should judges and lawyers and police officers (those who know the law, and are charged with upholding it) be held to a higher standard than everyone else?