Justice Robin Camp

Justice Robin Camp

It’s been a while since I’ve written about a judge. Alas, Justice Robin Camp, a Canadian federal court judge, has given good cause to have an article written about him here. He’s the sort of judge that alleged rapists would want to face in court, and the reason most rape victims don’t report their rapes to authorities in the first place.

In 2014, alleged rapist Alexander Scott Wagar went on trial charged with the rape of a homeless 19-year-old girl. He faced then-provincial court judge Robin Camp in a Calgary, Alberta courtroom.

The victim testified how she’d been at a house party when the defendant entered the bathroom where she was, locked the door, bent her over the sink and raped her.

Justice Robin Camp shocked the victim — and the legal community — when he asked her “why she allowed the sex to happen if she didn’t want it?”

“Why didn’t you just sink your bottom into the basin so he couldn’t penetrate you?” the judge demanded to know. “When your ankles were held together by your jeans, your skinny jeans, why couldn’t you just keep your knees together?”

That’s right, he harkened straight back to the 1950’s for that comment.

Justice Robin Camp had much more to say, all of it disgusting. He scolded the young woman for being drunk at a party in the first place. “She knew she was drunk … Is not an onus on her to be more careful?” The answer to that is drunk people cannot consent to sex. Duh! Judges should know that in 2014! Especially when they were paid $263,731 per year.

So the victim was drunk and wearing skinny jeans. Were those her only “sins” that made her deserving of rape? Nope, not according to the judge.

Justice Robin Camp condemned the young woman for not trying harder to escape from the bathroom. “If you were … frightened you could have screamed,” he said.

Because everyone knows that screaming stops rapists, *snort*.

The judge suggested that she should have just used the language she learned from living on the streets and told the attacker to f*ck off. Like that would work.

Because everyone knows that bad language makes rapists back off, *snort*.

Justice Robin Camp made reference to the fact the victim asked Alexander Scott Wagar if he had a condom. Apparently, in the judge’s mind, that equaled consent, and the young woman was begging for it.

Justice Robin Camp couldn’t even call the crime a “rape”. He referred to it as “misbehaviour”. He also referred to the victim as “the accused” more than once, despite being corrected by the prosecutor.

The judge allowed that Alexander Scott Wagar, who weighs in at around 250 pounds, may have been a little rough during the sex, but said, “sex is very often a challenge.” And if the victim had found the sex painful, he opined that a bit of vaginal pain was natural. “Sex and pain sometimes go together, that — that’s not necessarily a bad thing.”

When the prosecutor, Hyatt Mograbee, objected and said the judge was exercising “antiquated thinking”, Justice Robin Camp responded by telling her, “I hope you don’t live too long, Ms. Mograbee.” Oh, that’s not misogynistic at all, *snort*.

When Alexander Scott Wagar took the stand, Justice Robin Camp took the opportunity to educate him on the niceties of sexual relations with women, exhorting him and his friends to be more gentle with the gentler sex. He also suggested they should protect themselves from false accusations of rape.

“You’ve got to be really sure that she’s saying yes … so remind yourself every time that you get involved with a girl from now on and tell your friends, okay?”

Wow, Justice Robin Camp is just like a wise father full of advice for mischievous boys, sort of like Mike Brady of the “Brady Bunch”, or Ward Cleaver of “Leave it to Beaver”.

And to top the whole disgusting misogynistic mess off, Justice Robin Camp suggested that the victim had made up the whole thing out of spite.

“Is there not a possibility that a very unhappy thing happened here? Two young people made love, and somebody came afterwards and poisoned the girl’s mind?” Riiight, like that happened.

Justice Robin Camp righteously summed the case up by pontificating about the morality of the alleged rapist and the victim. He said that “certainly the complainant and the accused are amoral people” and that “the complainant and the accused’s morality, their sense of values, leaves a lot to be desired.”

No big surprise, Justice Robin Camp found Alexander Scott Wagar not guilty of sexual assault. The judge warned the man not to “upset women and get into trouble” before letting him walk free.

In October 2015 an appeal was heard. Alexander Scott Wagar didn’t bother to show up for it.

The Court of Appeal unanimously decided that the conduct of the trial and the judge disclosed errors of law, and so a new trial was ordered. Good! Although I hate to think what the victim’s going through now after being treated so callously in the first trial. Kudos to her if she’s willing to put herself through a second attempt at justice.

As for Justice Robin Camp, he was appointed to the Federal Court in June 2015. He now earns $308,000 annually. But all is not rosy for our learned friend. He is facing a review by the Canadian Judicial Council. If the review finds him at fault, they can order him to get counselling, set up a review panel for a public inquiry or recommend he is removed from his position.

While the investigation is ongoing, Justice Robin Camp will not hear any cases involving sexual conduct. The man, in anticipation of a bad result, has issued the following apology.

“I have come to recognize that things that I said and attitudes I displayed during the trial of this matter, and in my decision, caused deep and significant pain to many people. My sincere apology goes out, in the first place, to the young woman who was the complainant in the matter.

“I also apologize to the women who experience feelings of anger, frustration and despair at hearing of these events. I am deeply troubled that things that I said would hurt the innocent. In this regard, I am speaking particularly to those who hesitate to come forward to report abuse of any kind and who are reluctant to give evidence about abuse, sexual or otherwise.

“To the extent that what I have said discourages any person from reporting abuse, or from testifying about it, I am truly sorry. I will do all in my power to learn from this and to never repeat these mistakes.”

The judge is volunteering to take gender sensitivity counseling on his own time and out of his own pocket. It might be cynical, but I believe his apology and his agreement to take a course are nothing more than an effort to keep his position.

There is a call for the judge to be removed from the Federal Court bench. I myself hope he will be tossed out on his ear.

University of Calgary law professor Alice Wooley, who reviewed the transcript, said, “I have never seen any conduct as bad as this in my time as a lawyer or as an academic.”

I’m relieved to hear that — I’d hate to think there are more judges like Justice Robin Camp out there.

Professor Woolley said this case was made worse because the judge’s comments were made directly to the victim rather than in an appellant judgment she wouldn’t see.

“In this case, he said it to her, a 19-year-old girl from a vulnerable background, made her feel ashamed and that it was her fault,” she said.

It will take an order of Parliament to remove Justice Robin Camp from the Federal Court. It’s never happened before. That doesn’t mean he can’t resign. Hopefully the bad press he’s received will clue him in that he and his ilk have no place in the Canadian judicial system of 2015 and beyond.

I’ve read that every 17 minutes a woman in Canada is raped. Doing the math, that means that in a year there are 30,917 rapes. Nearly 94% of rapes are never reported to police. With judges like Justice Robin Camp on the bench, I’m not surprised. I only hope that his ouster/resignation, if it happens, will encourage victims to come forward and make their rapists pay for their crimes.

As for Alexander Scott Wagar, I wish him a date with true justice.

Vancouver Sun article – appeal overturns acquittal
National Post article – possible career ruin
Calgary Herald article – judge facing discipline
Daily Mail article – review of judge
CTV News article – judge apologizes

15 Responses to Justice Robin Camp

  1. DecentPeopleOnly says:

    Rape is a Terrible Thing Indeed

  2. Bengalpuss says:

    This bastard judge is only now apologising because his career is on the line, he doesn’t feel any remorse for what he said. He’s only now issuing statements that he was wrong due to all the uproar that he’s caused because i’d bet a million pound that if no complaints were made this fuckup of a judge would’ve stayed quiet, the misogynistic cunt he is. I feel so sorry for the rape victim made to feel like she deserved it and asked for it, i’d love to see this judge manuver his arse into a sink while he was being raped, dumb bastard twat.

  3. Tandarat says:

    I’m speechless. The man needs a date with Bubba. I hate to think how he treats his wife.

  4. Bengalpuss says:

    The way he’s treated this poor victim, his wife must be treated like a piece of shit. I’m speechless with the things that have come out of this so called judges mouth.

  5. Lynn Baker says:

    This low life was a provincial judge and has since been made a federal judge – WTF?? Come on Canada. As a tax payer I want him off my payroll NOW!!! Send him back to South Africa, we don’t need his kind in Canada.

  6. moodymagic says:

    So glad this low life is a federal judge no. This poor woman

  7. blinkingblythe says:

    I really want to see this bastard dressed as he is in this photo stroll into a biker bar
    filled with full patch bikers and eager prospects. I would love to be the fly on the wall there!

  8. Westcoastsyrinx says:

    This was a disgraceful thing to do to a 19 year old who still isn’t fully formed in character and now has to battle the scars of his words, on top of the assault. I also had the thought that his wife must be in a miserable relationship if she lives with that attitude.

    Way back in the early 1980’s I was working in professional workshops with wonderful judges wanting to understand better what victims go through with assauts and rape. Thank goodness I understand that not every judge on the bench is as ignorant as this fellow from Alberta. I do wonder why my taxes are paying his wages?

  9. take this judge off the payroll says:

    He’s not going to change his mindset at this stage. His words are just empty words. Boot him from the justice system for good.
    No apology will help this young girl who already was from a vulnerable place in life and it will set her back tremendously. I sincerely hope she has gotten some life coaching to help her situation.

  10. DecentPeopleOnly says:

    Heard with Great Horror .

    Namely someone who was a Rapist was given a Six Month Sentence

    First of All I Thought it was in the UK but it appears to of occurred
    in the USA

  11. Kerry Woodland says:

    Truly a man of poor integrity, professionalism, and compassion for the people he is suppose to serve.
    Unfortunately his apology may save his job, but “The Judge” of human hearts will have the last word.
    Sadly by some of the comments, this type of blight on the justice system stokes the fire of vigilantism.

  12. DecentPeopleOnly says:

    Anyone who Condones Child Abuse Lowering the Age of Consent or Grooming
    should Not become a Judge as they being a Judge makes a Mockery of Justice and Adds to the Suffering of Victims of Child Abuse

    Any Judge that Advocates that whilst Holding their Office Needs to be

  13. DecentPeopleOnly says:

    Justice is Either Justice or Not

    Condoning Rape is Evil and NO One who does that should be a Judge

  14. AreYouF'nSerious?! says:

    Absolutely appallingly!! As a victim myself, it makes me physically I’ll to read this. I’m willing to bet my right arm that this “judge” has sexually harassed numerous women throughout his illustrious career. The pig bastard. I think he should knock back a few drinks at a party and then go use the bathroom. Unfortunately, a big nasty psycho comes in, bends him over the sink and rapes his filthy ass. Well gee wiz! Why didn’t he just clench his butt cheeks together? Disgusting.

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