Thousands have signed an online petition asking that a judge face charges after overturning the sentence of a juvenile convicted of rape in October and freed from prison after 148 days. The case was described by the judge as “considerable punishment”.
Drew Clinton, 18, was found guilty of raping a 16-year-old girl at a graduation party in Illinois in May 2021.
He pleaded guilty to all charges against him and his defense claimed that he believed the sex was consensual.
But despite the October sentence for felony sexual assault, Adams County Judge Robert Adrian ruled on January 3 that prosecutors had not proved his case — overturning his previous ruling and barring the teen from trying again. given (under double jeopardy rules).
“By law, the court should punish this young man, the Department of Corrections. This court will not do that. It’s just not that,” Judge Adrian said in court.
“What happened in this case there is no way this teenager should go to the Department of Corrections. I won’t do that.”
Upon hearing the judgment, the victim, who disclosed her identity to speak about the case and campaign for justice, said she fled the courtroom.
“I had to immediately leave the court room and go to the bathroom. I was crying,” she said, according to WGEM.
“I woke up at my friend’s house with a pillow over my face so I couldn’t be heard and drew Clinton inside me,” Survivor said Tuesday.
“I told him to stop several times and he didn’t. I finally got off the couch and turned him away from me and he jumped up and started playing video games like nothing had happened,” she said .
Now, the girl and her family are talking about a miscarriage of justice by Judge Adrian, while a petition calls for the judge to face charges on “abuse of judicial discretion and power.”
“Judge Robert “Bob” Adrian was the judge who convicted Drew S. Clinton of criminal sexual assault,” reads the statement on the page.
“However, on January 3, 2022, the same Judge Adrian reversed his decision and declared that the defendant was not guilty.”
It added: “They say that Judge Adrian overturned his own decision because he did not wish to award only the punishment which was connected with the offense for which he himself had already found the offender guilty. That’s not how the law works.
“Judge Adrian does not have the authority to change the law because he wants to. His job is to uphold and protect the law.”
The petition, which has been signed by around 9,000 people, also shares a remark made in court about the girl’s parents.
“It’s when parents don’t follow through on their parenting responsibilities, when we have parties for people, adults, teens, and they allow classmates and women to swim in their swimming pools in their underwear. And, no, underwear is not the same as swimsuits,” he said. “They allowed 16-year-olds to bring alcohol to a party. They provided alcohol to underage people, and you would have wondered.” That’s how these things happen. Well, such things happen. The court is completely upset about this whole thing.”
Her comments were rejected by the organizers of the petition, as well as the girl and her parents, who have accused Judge Adrian of blaming her for sexual assault.
“What a low blow. You basically haven’t done my daughter any justice,” the girl’s father told Muddy River News.
“I have been sitting by my daughter’s bed for three, four months, five months. …he’s not okay with it. There is much to be said that this did not happen. While this guy is reprimanding me, as a parent, what should I have done?
“Pardon my language, but I feel like I was completely eliminated by this judge.”
Despite the verdict, the victim has resolved to continue the struggle for justice. “It’s scary to come out and talk about it, especially when a judge makes a decision like this,” she said in an interview with DailyMail.com.
“What happened to me is nothing like this, and we have to keep fighting for justice.”