Illinois Choose Robert Adrian Overturns Intercourse Assault Conviction Of White Man

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We all know the way usually white privilege manifests itself in courts of legislation. For those who’re a white defendant in America, chances are high infinitely greater than they’re for Black individuals and folks of coloration that you’ll go earlier than a sympathetic white decide and largely white jury who will see you as the child subsequent door and exit of their method to both set you free outright or frivolously slap your wrist and provide the most lenient sentence allowable by legislation.

We noticed this with the decide in Kyle Rittenhouse’s case, and we’ve seen this play out within the trials of numerous white cops who killed or brutalized unarmed Black individuals—and we frequently see it relating to younger white males accused of rape or sexual assault. (Brock Turner anybody?)

18-year-old Drew S. Clinton was arrested after Could 30 highschool commencement celebration in western Illinois, throughout which he was accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old woman. In October, Adams County Choose Robert Adrian discovered Clinton responsible of felony sexual assault, in line with the Related Press. However throughout sentencing on January 3, Adrian refused to impose the obligatory minimal sentence of 4 years in jail for Clinton’s crime.

“Mr. Clinton has served nearly 5 months within the county jail, 148 days,” Adrian stated in his ruling. “For what occurred on this case, that’s loads of punishment. That might be a simply sentence.”

“There isn’t a means, for what occurred on this case, that this teenager ought to go to the Division of Corrections,” he continued. “I can’t do this.”

So what precisely did occur on this case.

“Throughout the trial, the decide heard proof that the woman had advised police she’d attended the celebration, the place she drank alcohol and swam in a pool in her underwear earlier than she ultimately handed out. She stated she woke as much as a pillow pushed on her face and Clinton sexually assaulting her,” AP reported.

At this level, it’s price mentioning that not solely is Clinton white, however he’s male and he’s accused of sexually assaulting the kind of younger woman who is usually victim-blamed by the kind of one that sees underaged ingesting and the promiscuous habits of girls and women as extra condemnation-worthy than a person who commits rape or sexual assault.

Both means, Clinton was the boy subsequent door in that white male decide’s courtroom, not an tried rapist.

In reality, Adrian went to this point out of his method to coddle a violent sexual abuser that he basically threw out Clinton’s conviction with a purpose to justify his refusal to impose the legally-required sentence.

In keeping with AP, Adrian stated flat out that “if he had been to rule that the sentencing statute he was certain to observe was unconstitutional, his choice could be overturned and Clinton could be ordered to jail.” So with a purpose to keep away from that enchantment, he stated he would decide that the prosecutors did not “show their case” and dismiss the sexual assault cost.


How the hell is a decide legally in a position to take it upon himself to find out that prosecutors did not “show their case” after he had already acknowledged that the defendant was efficiently convicted?

Anyway, now Adrian is getting dragged up and down social media for his rape apologist choice, and he’s apparently in his emotions about it, as a result of, on Wednesday, he booted one other prosecutor on an unrelated case from his courtroom as a result of he noticed that the legal professional “preferred” a disparaging remark made about him on Fb.

“I can’t be honest with you,” Adrian advised the Adams County prosecutor, in line with the Herald-Whig. “Get out.”

Nah, bruh—if something, it’s the rapey-defendant-loving decide who must “get out” of the enterprise of authorized proceedings.

As for the prosecutor in Clinton’s case, Anita Rodriguez, she stated in response to Adrian’s disgusting ruling that her “coronary heart is bleeding for the sufferer.” And a bunch known as the Quincy Space Community In opposition to Home Abuse stated Adrian’s ruling sends a “chilling message to different rape victims that their habits, not the rapists’ shall be judged,” and that the “judgment reinforces the truth that requirements for girls have at all times been impossibly excessive whereas they’re impossibly low for males.”

Precisely—but additionally being white helps lots. 


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