A judge declares that the 148 days that an accused of rape spent in jail were “sufficient” and they forbid him to attend criminal cases

A judge from the state of Illinois (USA) was removed from criminal cases on Thursday after he dismissed the conviction of an 18-year-old man for rape, arguing that the 148 days that the culprit spent in jail were “sufficient” punishment. , they report local media.

Adams County Magistrate Robert Adrian had chaired A three-day bench trial in the sexual assault case in which Drew Clinton was accused of sexually abusing a 16-year-old girl at a prom in May 2021.

“It is punishment enough”

Despite being found guilty of aggravated sexual assault charges in October, Adrian revoked He convicted her in early January and ruled that the prosecution was unable to prove its case after the defense filed two post-trial motions. It also stated that it would not impose the mandatory minimum sentence of four years in prison.

“Clinton has served almost five months in the county jail, 148 days,” the magistrate said, according to the hearing transcript. “For what happened in this case, that’s punishment enough. That would be a fair sentence“he added.

Following the controversial ruling, the Chief Judge of the Eighth Judicial Circuit of the state of Illinois, Frank McCartney, decided to remove Adrian from criminal cases and reassigned it to civil and small claims cases.

Anita Rodríguez, the prosecutor in the case, commented that never in her 40-year career had she seen anything like Adrian’s ruling and was concerned about how it might affect the victim, while the Quincy Area Domestic Abuse Network asked that Adrian be removed from office.

On the other hand, the controversial judge, apparently furious at the criticism received, ordered a prosecutor to leave the courtroom on Wednesday, accusing him of having ‘liked’ a post on social networks that criticized him. “I can’t be fair to you,” Adrian told the Adams County prosecutor, pick up Herald-Whig.