Judge kicks prosecutor out of court for liking Facebook comment

An Illinois judge threw a prosecutor out of court after he liked a Facebook comment that criticized the judge, who made a controversial recent decision to overturn an 18-year-old’s sexual assault conviction.


Adams County Judge Robert Adrian pleaded guilty to felony sexual assault in October before convicting 18-year-old Drew Clinton because he felt that the nearly five months that Clinton had spent in prison was a sufficient sentence and Clinton was given a mandatory four-year sentence of sexual assault. years imprisonment in the case.

On Wednesday, Adrian allegedly kicked Adams County lead trial attorney Josh Jones out of the courtroom for a case not related to a sexual assault conviction, according to Jones. herald-whig Newspapers in Quincy, Illinois.


Adrian reportedly said that his wife showed him a Facebook comment that Jones liked that criticized Adrian’s recent decision, and how upset he was, he said, “I can’t be fair with you,” Before asking Jones to leave the court, the herald-whig Reported.

The decision to quash the sexual assault sentence drew significant criticism toward Adrian, with prosecutor in the case Anita Rodriguez saying she had never seen such a decision before in her 40-year career. herald-whig,


An Illinois judge has reportedly kicked a prosecutor out of court after he liked a Facebook comment criticizing a recent decision made by the judge. In this photo illustration, the Facebook logo is seen on the screen of an iPhone in Paris on January 31, 2019.
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The prosecutor in the case said his “heart is bleeding for the victim,” and an organization that helps victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse said Adrian’s decision “sends a chilling message to other rape victims.” that his behavior, the rapist would not be “justified,” according to herald-whig,

The uproar stems from the case that began with Clinton’s arrest after the graduation party on May 30.

During the trial, the judge heard evidence that the victim had told police that she would attend the party, where she drank and swam in a pool in her underwear before finally passing out. She said she woke up and put a pillow on her face and that Clinton sexually assaulted her.


According to the police report, the teenager was able to seduce Clinton and then told a friend what happened. He later told his father, who called the police.

In October, Adrian found Clinton guilty of the felony, but during a January 3 sentencing hearing, he said he would not commute the mandatory minimum sentence of four years to prison.

According to court transcripts of the hearing posted online by local media, Adrian said, “Mr. Clinton has served approximately five months, 148 days in the county jail.” “That’s quite a punishment for what happened in this case. That would be a fair sentence.”


“There’s no way,” the judge explained, “what happened in the case that this teenager should go to the Department of Corrections. I wouldn’t do that.”

But the judge said that if he ruled that the sentence he was bound by the law to obey was unconstitutional, his decision would be overturned, and Clinton ordered to go to prison. To avoid an appeal that he believed would be successful, Adrian said all he could do was determine that prosecutors had failed to “prove their case” and dismissed the sexual assault charge. rejected.

Rodriguez said he was concerned about how the ruling could affect the victim. The test “did a lot for her healing process, but now she’s back where we were.”

Quincy Area Network Against Domestic Abuse said the decision sends a dangerous message.

“The decision reinforces the fact that standards have always been impossibly high for women while they are impossibly low for men,” the group said in a statement.

But Clinton’s attorney, Drew Schnack, said the final verdict was correct because prosecutors did not prove their case and the evidence was not strong enough to warrant a conviction.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Experts from the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN) sexual assault hotline are available 24/7 via phone (1 (800) 656-4673) And online chat, Additional support from the group is also available through mobile app,