A TEXAN judge has sparked controversy after telling a deliberating jury that God told him an accused sex trafficker was not guilty.
Judge Jack Robison reportedly told jurors in Comal County, outside San Antonio, Texas, that Gloria Romero-Perez was not guilty of selling her 16-year-old niece for sex.
The judge interrupted the jury and said “When God tells me, I gotta do something, I gotta do it,” reports the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung.
Robinson, who has been disciplined before for his unconventional court room behaviour, could face an investigation after the bizarre intervention.
Despite the judge’s astonishing outburst, the 32-year-old defendant was found guilty and jailed for 25 years.
She was found not guilty of a separate charge of sale or purchase of a child.
Before the sentencing, Robison recused himself and was replaced by Judge Gary Steele.
Defense attorney Sylvia Cavazos said on Friday she would seek a retrial, however her attempt has subsequently been denied.
In 2011, Robison was disciplined after he jailed a grandfather who called him a fool after the judge made a ruling in a case involving the man’s granddaughter.
The commission which reprimanded Robison said he “exceeded the scope of his authority and failed to comply with the law” after he jailed the man without a hearing or advance notice of the charge, reports The Statesman.
Friday’s incident has caused uproar in Texas with many calling for the judge to be removed from the bench.
And his actions could reportedly spark a probe from the State Commission on Judicial Conduct.
But the act of the intervening during a jury’s deliberations is not mentioned in the state’s judicial ethical code.
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