A judicial hearing continues for a Calgary judge who chastised a sex-assault complainant for not keeping her knees together.
Wednesday a Manitoba Justice testified at the Canadian Judicial Council hearing that she was initially appalled by Robin Camp’s comments to the woman but agreed to mentor him.
Deborah McCawley was the only witness Wednesday before the hearing which will determine whether Camp should keep his job.
“I was taken aback to say the least. I was quite appalled at some of the words, some of the language used,” McCawley recalled. “I wondered if I was wasting his time and his money. He was 63, a white South African male.”
But McCawley said he was very sincere and committed.
Camp’s comments while he was a provincial court judge in Calgary in 2014 led the Alberta Appeal Court to order a new trial for the man he acquitted.
Court transcripts show Camp questioned the complainant’s morals, suggested her attempts to fight off the man were feeble and described her as “the accused” throughout the trial.
On Tuesday, the woman testified she hated herself and had contemplated suicide as a result of her experience.
McCawley says she was struck by Camp’s concern for pain he cause the woman, and his colleagues and his court and the damage he had done to the administration of justice.”
Meanwhile in his opening submissions, Camp’s lawyer appears to put forward the notion that other judges have gotten away with insensitive, offensive, bigoted comments—so his client should, too.
Frank Addario wrote whether Camp’s conduct warrants removal “should be based on a comparison with prior similar cases of judicial misconduct.”
He then cited 21 examples of judges showing “bigotry or antipathy towards a person or antipathy towards a person or category of people” who were not removed from their positions, and two cases in which removal was recommended.
The committee is make recommendations to the full judicial council. If it decides Camp should be removed from the bench, the final recommendation will be sent to the federal justice minister.