An Illinois choose is dealing with warmth for reversing an 18-year-old man’s sexual assault conviction on the teen’s sentencing final week – saying the 148 days he spent in jail since his arrest was sufficient, reviews mentioned.
Adams County Judge Robert Adrian issued the beautiful reversal final Monday after discovering Drew Clinton responsible of 1 depend of legal sexual assault at an October bench trial, the Herald-Whig reported.
“Mr. Clinton has served almost five months in the county jail, 148 days,” Adrian mentioned, in response to a courtroom transcript obtained by the newspaper.
“For what happened in this case, that is plenty of punishment. That would be a just sentence.”
Clinton was convicted of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old lady at a commencement get together final May.
He had confronted a compulsory minimal sentence of 4 years. Adrian’s resolution got here after Clinton’s attorneys filed two post-trial motions and the choose dominated prosecutors did not show their case, the newspaper reported.
Following Adrian’s ruling, the distraught sufferer went public along with her story – recounting the sexual assault to reporters and detailing her emotional response when she realized Adrian was let out.
Drew Clinton beforehand spent 148 days in county jail, which Judge Adrian mentioned was “a just sentence.”QHS Football
“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,” mentioned Cameron Vaughan, 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 mentioned.
Vaughan mentioned she “immediately” left the courtroom and cried within the lavatory after studying Clinton’s conviction was tossed.
The Quincy Area Network Against Domestic Abuse on Tuesday blasted the choose’s resolution.
“The verdict and Adrian’s comments send a chilling message to other rape victims that their behavior, not the rapists’, will be judged,” the group mentioned in a press release to WGEM.
“Shame the victims, free the rapists. This judgment reinforces the fact that standards for women have always been impossibly high while they are impossibly low for men.”
Vaughan’s father described his daughter’s devastation in an interview with the Herald-Whig.
Cameron Vaughn instructed reporters she “immediately” left the courtroom and cried within the lavatory upon listening to the choose reverse the ruling.WGEM
“It’s worse now than it was [before], because not only does she not have her justice, but now she feels like she spoke up for nothing, and you know that hurts,” the daddy instructed the newspaper.
“Now she wishes she wouldn’t have even said anything.”