Canadian Judge Robin Camp was being investigated for some comments he made, when serving as a provincial court judge in Calgary, to a 19-year-old woman who had been raped. Though he has moved on to become a federal judge since, those remarks have finally come back to haunt him.
The Canadian Judicial Council released the results of their investigation into Judge Camp on Tuesday, and the New York Daily News reports that the committee reached the conclusion that Camp shamed the victim, and mention that he mistakenly called her “the accused” several times throughout the trial. The report also published excerpts from the trial in which Camp (identified as The Court) indicates that the victim may have initiated a rape trial to get her attacker “in trouble.”
THE COURT: Well, she doesn’t have to do any of these things. She doesn’t have to say don’t lock the door. She can take her chances. Foolishly she could do that. If she sees the door being locked, she’s not a complete idiot, she knows what’s coming next. In our law she doesn’t have to say unlock the door I’m getting out. She can take her chances, perhaps in the hope of getting him into trouble. Who knows what (INDISCERNIBLE) would be in those circumstances. But am I not, as a guide to answering the question in general, not as a final answer, but as part of the answer —
MS. MOGRABEE: That’s a different rule. I’m just saying that, you know, it - - it follows that — that antiquated way of thinking has been set by the wayside, for a reason. It’s the same thinking —
THE COURT: I hope you don’t live too long, Ms. Mograbee.
The CJC signed off on their report by writing, “We conclude that Justice Camp’s conduct is so manifestly and profoundly destructive of the concept of the impartiality, integrity and independence of the judicial role that public confidence is sufficiently undermined to render the Judge incapable of executing the judicial office. Accordingly, the Inquiry Committee expresses the unanimous view that a recommendation by the Council for Justice Camp’s removal is warranted.”
In the original trial, Camp acquitted the accused rape suspect, and the trial was overturned. A new trial was has begun and the verdict is expected in January. Alberta’s Minister of Justice has not yet made a final decision on Judge Camp’s fate, but Camp is still able to file a submission in his own defense before his possible removal from office.