Unethical Quote Of The Month: Judge Jeanine Howard (Who Is Also The Incompetent Elected Official Of The Month, An Ethics Dunce, And Pretty Much A Blight On The Justice System And American Society In General)

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“There are rape cases that deserve life. There are rape cases that deserve 20 years. Every now and then you have one of those that deserve probation. This is one of those and I stand by it.”

—-Texas District Judge Jeanine Howard explaining her stunningly lenient sentence of probation and community service—“250 hours of community service at a rape crisis center” !—for a confessed rapist of a 14-year old girl at her school.

The sentence  was not merely lenient but probably illegal, and a it seems likely that the sentence will be altered by another judge. Nonetheless, this kind of result, based on the judge’s assessment that the victim was promiscuous and had been pregnant (which she denies) will certainly make other rape victims think twice before they report the crime. Bobby Villareal, executive director of the Dallas Area Rape Crisis  Center, told reporters…

“This is an example of why people don’t come forward and report their sexual assaults because they are not only victimized at the time but the continuing game of shame and blame. They are put on trial again in the judiciary and the media. The things that were said were outrageous and some of them were actually untrue that were reported.”

Judge Howard seemed to be making up the law and sentencing guidelines on the fly. The rapist, 20-year old Sir Young, never denied that he had raped the girl, or that she hadn’t strenuously told him to stop. “Consent is not an issue and it wasn’t an issue because he admitted he didn’t have her consent,”  prosecutor Andrea Moseley said. “When consent is not an issue, a victim’s past is never appropriate for comment. That’s my problem with it as a woman and as a prosecutor. I was certainly disappointed in the message I think it sends to the community.”

The community can send a message back, as Judge Howard is up for re-election in the fall, but it won’t be easy. A Democrat, she is running unopposed.

I try to avoid posting on episodes where there should be no disagreement, but another factor is at play here. Before the 24 hour news cycle and the internet, horrible sentences like this one, and irresponsible and unethical judges like Howard—yes, this is signature significance-–would never be reported nationally, and the likelihood of consequences and reform would be minimal. Now, however, the same conditions that create the ethics issues I often condemn, such as mass public furor being disproportionately focused on individual, private mistakes that once would have received no attention at all, scarring  lives and reputations, provide a measurable societal benefit.  This was an official act by a woman who is supposed to be upholding justice, not undermining it. She deserves to be hounded from the bench, and if voters won’t do it, the rest of us should.


Facts: New York Post, WFAA

8 thoughts on “Unethical Quote Of The Month: Judge Jeanine Howard (Who Is Also The Incompetent Elected Official Of The Month, An Ethics Dunce, And Pretty Much A Blight On The Justice System And American Society In General)

  1. I did just post that Karen Kennedy’s thought processes leading to her grossly flawed analysis of the veterinarian would fit it in perfectly with the Dallas world view.

    Don’t expect this judge to be opposed or, if opposed, to lose her seat.

    Your last paragraph is excellent.

  2. I have to admit that I was relieved to find out this ethically addled legal eagle was a Democrat. After learning about the affluenza judge in Fort Worth, I just can’t automatically assume anything about any of them anymore! But politics aside, it needs to be a gilt (guilt?) edged priority among all voters who give a tinker’s damn for kids to get creatures like this off the bench and, preferably, out of public life entirely.

  3. Why is she running unopposed? WAKE UP Texas! Where is the Republican party???? She needs to be relieved of her position and disbarred. Despicable.

    • Dallas has a pretentious notion that it is the Chicago or New York of the Southwest. It attracts a solid number of smug leftists in which to practice more failed leftist policies within Texas. A bastion of Republican ideals (liberty, free market, rule of law, etc) can occasionally be found in that lost county, but winning elections? Not a chance. The lefties are doing as much as they can to Detroitize Dallas.

        • You know, the latest Environmental scare mongering has given dire forecasts that the sea level will rise precipitously in the coming decades…

          They say cities like San Francisco, Seattle, New York City, Boston, and Washington, D.C. could be submerged.

          What again is the emergency?

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