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Illinois judge removed from criminal cases after he tosses sexual assault conviction for 18-year-old: report

Illinois judge exonerated of criminal proceedings after he convicted 18-year old for sexual assault: Report

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Last week, a judge in western Illinois was widely criticised for tossing the 18-year old man’s conviction of sexually assaulting 16-yearold girl. He said that the 148 days spent in prison was sufficient punishment. 

The disapproval grew, and Judge Robert Adrian directed a prosecutor out of courtroom Wednesday after he “liked” an opinion on social media critical to the judge. 

Frank McCartney, the Eighth Judicial Circuit Chief Judge, removed Adrian from criminal trials on Thursday and reassigned Adrian to civil claims and small claims, the newspaper reported. 

Adrian reversed Drew Clinton’s conviction on Jan. 3 after he was convicted for sexual assault in an October bench trial. 

Adrian was able to hear evidence that a sixteen-year-old girl had consumed alcohol, passed out at a graduation party on May 30, and then woke up in the middle of night to discover Clinton having sexually assaulted her. 

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Adrian reversed her conviction on January 3 and found that the prosecution did not prove its case. After the defense had filed two motions post-trial, Adrian ruled in Adrian’s favor. 

“By law the Court should sentence this young man at the Department of Corrections. The Court won’t do that. Adrian claimed that this isn’t just,” according to transcripts of the hearing. 

“Mr. Clinton spent almost five months, or 148 days in county jail. That is a lot of punishment for what has happened in this instance. This would be an appropriate sentence.

Clinton had been sentenced to a four-year mandatory minimum prison term in the case that preceded the judge’s reversal. 

Adrian was resigned by the Quincy Area Network Against Domestic Abuse, QUANADA. 

“Adrian’s dangerous and highly atypical conclusion to a sexual assault case demonstrates to assailants that they are above the law – even after they are convicted in a fair trial,” QUANADA said in a statement. Anita Rodriguez, who was prosecutor for the case, stated that she hadn’t seen such a verdict in 40 years.

More than 16,000 people signed a petition calling for Judge Adrian to be “censured, suspended, and/or removed” from the Eighth judicial Circuit. It was submitted Thursday night. 

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According to the Herald-Whig, the victim’s father said that his daughter is struggling since the reverse. 

“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 father told the local newspaper. “Now she wishes she wouldn’t have even said anything.”

Drew Schnack was Clinton’s attorney. He did not respond on Thursday to my request. 

This report was contributed by The Associated Press. 

Source: FoxNews.com

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