Calif. judge reprimanded for telling rape victim her body would have 'shut down' if she didn't want to have sexQuicklink submitted By Ken Stevens Permalink
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|Orange County, California, is considered the toughest county in America for female crime victims to get justice.
SANTA ANA, Calif. -- A Southern California judge is being publicly admonished for saying a rape victim "didn't put up a fight" during her assault and that if someone doesn't want sexual intercourse, the body "will not permit that to happen."
The California Commission on Judicial Performance voted 10-0 to impose a public admonishment Thursday, saying Superior Court Judge Derek Johnson's comments were inappropriate and a breach of judicial ethics.
"In the commission's view, the judge's remarks reflected outdated, biased and insensitive views about sexual assault victims who do not 'put up a fight.' Such comments cannot help but diminish confidence and trust in the impartiality of the judiciary,"wrote Lawrence J. Simi, the commission's chairman.