God tells Texas judge Jack Robison to acquit a woman
During a trial of a woman accused of trafficking her teenage niece, the Comal County judge interrupted proceedings to tell the jury to find her not guilty – because God told him so.
According to this report, in defence of his order, the judge apologised to jurors and said:
When God tells me I gotta do something, I gotta do it.
Despite his order, jurors found Gloria Romero-Perez guilty of continuous trafficking of a person and sentenced her to 25 years in prison.
Robison was replaced by Judge Gary Steele after recusing himself before the sentencing phase.
The defendant’s attorney requested a mistrial, but it was denied.
Robison made headlines in 2009 for improperly jailing a man who, in anger over a ruling in his granddaughter’s child custody case, approached Robison in a courthouse bathroom and called him a fool.
The judge had bailiffs arrest the man and ordered him to be jailed for 30 days. He was released two days later.
Robison was issued a private reprimand from the State Commission on Judicial Conduct in 2011 for the confrontation, which said he had:
Exceeded the scope of his authority and failed to comply with the law.
Unconfirmed rumours abound that The Trump is now likely appoint Robison, a Republican, to the Federal bench.
Hat tip: BarrieJohn