Judge in ‘knees to­gether’ case seeks re­view of ju­di­cial coun­cil de­ci­sion

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OT­TAWA A judge who could lose his job af­ter ask­ing a sex­ual as­sault com­plainant why she couldn’t keep her knees to­gether is ask­ing for a ju­di­cial re­view in his case.

Jus­tice Robin Camp wants to ad­dress the Cana­dian Ju­di­cial Coun­cil af­ter the ac­cused in the orig­i­nal trial was ac­quit­ted again in a re­trial.

In court doc­u­ments filed this week, Camp says the coun­cil re­fused his re­quest to speak be­cause he al­ready had the op­por­tu­nity to ad­dress a dis­ci­plinary panel and the ac­quit­tal didn’t change any­thing.

Camp wants the Fed­eral Court to in­ter­vene. He noted that while the ma­jor­ity of coun­cil mem­bers agreed with the re­fusal, five mem­bers felt Camp should be heard.

The coun­cil de­clined to com­ment on Camp’s ap­pli­ca­tion, be­cause it is be­fore the courts.

The dis­ci­plinary panel has rec­om­mended Camp lose his job af­ter his con­tro­ver­sial com­ments to the fe­male com­plainant in the orig­i­nal sex­ual as­sault trial of Alexan­der Wa­gar.

Court tran­scripts from the 2014 trial in Cal­gary show that Camp, who was a pro­vin­cial court judge at the time, called the com­plainant “the ac­cused” nu­mer­ous times — a mis­take he re­peated at the ju­di­cial coun­cil hear­ing be­fore cor­rect­ing him­self.

He also told the young woman “pain and sex some­times go to­gether” and asked why she didn’t just keep her “knees to­gether.”

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