|Robin Camp|| A hearing is to begin today into the future of a federal judge who asked a sexual assault complainant why she couldn't keep her knees together. The Canadian Judicial Council is to determine whether Justice Robin Camp should lose his job for the comment he made in 2014 while a provincial court judge in Calgary.|
Court transcripts show he questioned the woman's morals, suggested that her attempts to fight off her attacker were feeble and described her as "the accused" throughout the trial. Camp acquitted 250 pound Alexander Scott Wagar of sexual assault, but the verdict was overturned on appeal and a new trial was ordered.
|The 'judge' has indicated he wants to remain on the bench. It's alleged Camp's comments "reflected an antipathy" toward laws meant to protect vulnerable witnesses, engaged in "stereotypical or biased thinking" and asked the complainant questions that relied on "discredited, stereotypical assumptions".|
The review committee will make recommendations to the full judicial council. If it decides Camp should be removed from the bench, the final decision lies with the federal justice minister.