In the judicial process, a jury of one’s peers looks at the tangible evidence put before them and then delivers a decision based on those merits. The judge is there simply to see that the rules of law and order are upheld. But one judge seemingly threw the rules out the window when he declared to the jury that he believed the defendant, accused of sex trafficking her niece, was innocent.
Texas Judge Jack Robison stop the judicial process and told jurors that the defendant, Gloria Romero-Perez, was not guilty of allegedly pimping out her 16-year-old niece. His reasoning? God, of course.
“When God tells me I gotta do something, I gotta do it,” he said as bewildered jurors looked at him. But, apparently, the jury didn’t take Robinson’s words to heart as they issued a guilty verdict to the 32-year-old.
The Daily Mail reported that Robinson recused himself before the sentencing and was replaced with another judge. The judge who replaced Robinson, Gary Steele, sentenced Perez to 25 years in prison.
According to the Statesman, Perez’s lawyer asked for the case to be deemed a mistrial but was denied. The unorthodox outburst from Robinson could result in an investigation to determine if he was guilty of any misconduct.
If he were investigated, the State Commission on Judicial Conduct would be overseeing the investigation. This wouldn’t be the first time that the commission was at odds with Robinson.
In 2011, Robinson was privately reprimanded for sending a grandfather to jail during a child custody hearing. The Statesman reported that the grandfather called Robinson a fool, which angered Robinson.
The judge’s impromptu outburst in this recent trial left many divided on the consequences of his actions. There are those on social media who believe Robinson should be removed from the judicial process altogether.
Others argue that a judge has every right to take in every aspect of a case, even personal convictions such as religion. There should be an announcement if a possible investigation will be conducted in the coming days.