Does Todd Akin Have A Long Lost Twin?

Oh, FSM give me strength. It seems Todd Akin may have a long lost twin brother in California, or at the very least, his intellectual equal. A long-time California Superior Court judge was admonished recently for comments he made during a

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Oh, FSM give me strength. It seems Todd Akin may have a long lost twin brother in California, or at the very least, his intellectual equal.

A long-time California Superior Court judge was admonished recently for comments he made during a rape trial in 2008. Judge Derek G. Johnson had said the victim 'didn't put up a fight' and that the sexual attack was 'technical.' The state agency that issued his admonishment said his remarks "seemed outdated, insensitive and possibly biased."

Wow, is that ever putting it mildly! The LA Times reports:

At a sentencing in 2008, Johnson denied a prosecutor's call to impose a 16-year prison term on Metin Gurel, who had been convicted of rape, forcible oral copulation, domestic battery, stalking and making threats against his former live-in girlfriend.

On the day he raped her, prosecutors said, Gurel had threatened to mutilate the woman with a heated screwdriver.

Johnson imposed a six-year sentence.

"I'm not a gynecologist, but I can tell you something," the judge said, according to documents released Thursday. "If someone doesn't want to have sexual intercourse, the body shuts down. The body will not permit that to happen unless a lot of damage is inflicted, and we heard nothing about that in this case.

"That tells me that the victim in this case, although she wasn't necessarily willing, she didn't put up a fight," the judge said.

The judge, who has been on the Orange County Superior Court since 2000, also declared the rape "technical" and not "a real, live criminal case."

"To treat this case like the rape cases that we all hear about is an insult to victims of rape," the judge said. "I think it's an insult. I think it trivializes a rape."

An Associated Press report added that the judge, a former prosecutor in the Orange County district attorney's sex crimes unit, said during the man's 2008 sentencing that he had seen violent cases on that unit in which women's vaginas were "shredded" by rape.

Judge Johnson -- who still remains on the bench as he has since back in 2008 -- apologized to the panel. No word on if he apologized to the woman he made these comments to. And how many more cases like this have there been?

And although the Commission on Judicial Performance didn't hear about Johnson's comments during this rape trial, the OC Weekly did report about his remarks back in 2008.

Johnson should be removed from the bench, and barred from practicing law altogether.

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