The Illinois decide who sparked outrage after reversing an 18-year-old man’s sexual assault conviction final week has been faraway from dealing with felony circumstances.
Adams County Choose Robert Adrian was reassigned to civil issues reminiscent of small claims and probate dockets in an administrative order issued Thursday by Chief Choose Frank McCartney of the Eighth Judicial Circuit, in accordance, the (Quincy) Herald-Whig reported.
It got here after Adrian confronted warmth for tossing out the conviction of Drew Clinton, who was discovered responsible of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old woman at a commencement social gathering final Could.
The decide issued the gorgeous reversal throughout Clinton’s Jan. 3 sentencing listening to, saying the just about 5 months the teenager spent in county jail was “plenty of punishment.” Clinton had confronted a compulsory minimal sentence of 4 years.
The decide had presided over the three-day bench trial in October, discovering Clinton responsible of certainly one of three sexual assault prices.
He stated he reversed the conviction to be able to keep away from an enchantment that he believed would achieve success, due to this fact figuring out that prosecutors had didn’t “prove their case.”
The prosecutor within the case, Anita Rodriguez, stated she had by no means earlier than seen a decide reverse a ruling like this and was involved on the way it may have an effect on the sufferer.
Adrian’s choice drew quick backlash from advocates for sexual assault survivors and compelled the sufferer to go public, emotionally recalling the horrifying second she woke as much as being sexually assaulted.
“I woke up at my friend’s place with a pillow over my face so I couldn’t be heard and Drew Clinton inside of me,” stated Cameron Vaughan on Tuesday, WGEM reported.
“I asked him to stop multiple times and he wouldn’t. I finally got off the couch and pushed him off of me and he jumped up and just started playing video games as if nothing had happened,” she stated.
Cameron’s mom, Rachael Vaughan, told The Post on Thursday that she’s involved that the overturned conviction might trigger her daughter to spiral to a mentally “dark place.”
“To say we’re completely shocked and stunned is an understatement,” she stated.
“I worry when the smoke settles and things get quiet that it’ll take her to a dark place. It’s a constant worry.”
The distraught mom stated her daughter utterly modified following the assault. Her grades fell, she stop the monitor workforce and went so far as trying to take her personal life.
She advised The Publish that the decide “completely pulled the rug out from beneath her.”
“The judge felt since he’s 18 and had no prior criminal record, that five months is enough,” Vaughan stated.
“And that’s not lengthy. He was discovered responsible and he was presupposed to serve 4 years and a minimum of 85 p.c of that point … That’s the regulation.
“This opened up all the wounds again, and it’s heartbreaking because after her assault, she attempted suicide.”
A petition calling for Adrian to face charges for “abuse of judicial discretion and power” had garnered greater than 23,000 signatures as of late Friday night time.
In accordance with The Herald Whig, an agitated Adrian advised a prosecutor earlier than him in an separate case to get out of his courtroom after the lawyer had “liked” a Fb submit essential of his choice.
Clinton’s lawyer, Drew Schnack, stated he agreed with the decide’s choice. He argued that the prosecution didn’t show its case and that the proof was not sturdy sufficient to warrant a conviction.
With Publish wires