Dis­graced judge wants to re­turn to law

Winnipeg Sun - - NEWS -

CAL­GARY — A for­mer judge who asked why a rape com­plainant didn’t re­sist by keep­ing her knees to­gether says he’d 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 three-mem­ber panel 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’d 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 since have shaped him into a bet­ter, more sen­si­tive per­son.

“I learned I’m not as clever as I thought I was,” he said. “I learned I am not as kind a per­son as I al­ways imag­ined I was.”

Af­ter he stepped down from the bench, Camp spent some time con­sult­ing for The Rebel, a far-right web­site.

Ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Don Thomp­son said he’s ex­pect­ing writ­ten sub­mis­sions to be filed within the next month or so and for a de­ci­sion to be ren­dered at least a month or two af­ter that.

CAMP “Re­viled”

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