Hear­ing for ‘knees to­gether’ for­mer judge

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CALGARY A for­mer judge who asked why a rape com­plainant didn’t re­sist by keep­ing her knees to­gether says he would like to re­join the le­gal pro­fes­sion, telling a Law So­ci­ety of Al­berta re­in­state­ment hear­ing that he still has a great deal to con­trib­ute.

“I have five or 10 good years in me,” Robin Camp, 65, told the three­mem­ber panel on Tues­day.

Camp said he has no in­ter­est in crim­i­nal law, but hopes to go into cor­po­rate, com­mer­cial, con­struc­tion, oil and gas or en­vi­ron­men­tal prac­tice.

“I hope to build a prac­tice in Al­berta. Canada is my home,” said Camp, who came to Canada from South Africa nearly two decades ago.

How­ever, he said he is also ex­plor­ing the pos­si­bil­ity of set­ting up shop in the Per­sian Gulf re­gion. He said he does not be­lieve he would need to be a law so­ci­ety mem­ber to do so, but that it would help.

Camp stepped down from Fed­eral Court in March fol­low­ing a Cana­dian Ju­di­cial Coun­cil rec­om­men­da­tion that he be re­moved from the bench.

Court tran­scripts from the 2014 sex­ual as­sault trial show that Camp — a provin­cial court judge in Calgary at the time — called the com­plainant “the ac­cused” nu­mer­ous times and asked her why she didn’t re­sist by keep­ing her knees to­gether.

Camp found the ac­cused, Alexan­der Wa­gar, not guilty, but the Ap­peal Court or­dered a new trial in which he was again ac­quit­ted.

He said be­ing pub­licly shamed for his re­marks has not been a pleas­ant ex­pe­ri­ence.

“I was a car­i­ca­ture. Many peo­ple in Canada re­viled me.”

But he said the train­ing and coun­selling he re­ceived from a su­pe­rior court judge, a psy­chol­o­gist and an ex­pert in sex­ual as­sault law have shaped him into a bet­ter, more sen­si­tive per­son.

Robin Camp

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