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US judge reassigned after reversing sex assault conviction

An Illinois judge who got here below fireplace after overturning a person’s sexual assault conviction has been faraway from adjudicating felony circumstances.

Last yr, Adams County Judge Robert Adrian discovered Drew Clinton, 18, responsible of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old.

Mr Clinton confronted a minimal of 4 years in jail, however this month Judge Adrian stated the 148 days spent in jail by Clinton was “plenty of punishment”.

The judge has been assigned to civil circumstances, the Herald-Whig newspaper stated.

Judge Adrian’s reversal throughout a January sentencing listening to drew rapid backlash from advocates for sexual assault survivors and the 16-year-old lady who reported the assault.

“He made me seem like I fought for nothing and that I put my word out there for no reason,” the lady advised native station WGEM-TV. “I immediately had to leave the courtroom and go to the bathroom. I was crying.”

The teenager reported Mr Clinton sexually assaulted her after she turned intoxicated at a celebration on 30 May, in line with court docket paperwork. At trial, she testified she was unconscious and awoke to a pillow masking her face and Mr Clinton assaulting her.

On 15 October, Mr Clinton was discovered responsible on one in all three counts, of digitally penetrating the 16-year-old with out consent. The cost carried a compulsory minimal sentence of 4 years.

But in January of this yr, Judge Adrian stated the minimal sentence was “not just”.

“There is no way for what happened in this case that this teenager should go to the Department of Corrections,” he stated, in line with court docket transcripts posted on-line by native media. “I will not do that.”

He stated the court docket would “find that the People failed to prove their case” on the one cost, and reversed the responsible verdict to not responsible.

The judge additionally famous Mr Clinton had solely lately turned 18 previous to the incident and had no prior felony file, and he additionally criticised the dad and mom who supplied alcohol to these on the get together.

“This is what happens, he said, “when we’ve individuals, adults, having events for youngsters, and so they permit co-eds and feminine individuals to swim of their underwear of their swimming pool”.

Mr Clinton’s defence attorney, Andrew Schnack, told the New York Times that mandatory sentences take away judge’s discretion, and that sentences should be judged on an individual basis. He did not return the BBC’s request for comment.

Mr Schnack also told the newspaper that mandatory sentences take away judge’s discretion, and that sentences should be judged on an individual basis. He did not return the BBC’s request for comment.

The Quincy Area Network Against Domestic Abuse, which supports victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence called Judge Adrian’s reversal “sends a chilling message to different rape victims”.

“One message is evident: If you’re raped, keep away from Judge Adrian’s courtroom.”

On Thursday, an administrative order filed by the chief judge of the Eighth Judicial Circuit reassigned him to small claims, probate dockets and different civil issues efficient instantly.

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