Judge To Jury: God Says Child Sex Trafficker Not Guilty

A district court judge told a jury he was delivering a message from God.

​New Braunfels, TX – As a Comal County district court jury deliberated on a sex trafficking case on Jan. 12, the presiding judge interrupted them twice to tell them that God had instructed him to ask that they deliver a not guilty verdict in the matter.

Judge Jack Robison apologized to the jurors, but explained that “when God tells me I gotta do something, I gotta do it,” the Statesman reported.

The jury was tasked with determining whether Gloria Romero-Perez, 32, had trafficked her teenaged niece.

They found her guilty of trafficking a person, but found her not guilty of sale or purchase of a child, WSB reported.

Robison recused himself before the sentencing phase of Romero-Perez’s proceedings, and was replaced by Judge Gary Steele, the Dallas News reported.

Defense attorney Sylvia Cavazos’ request for a mistrial was denied, WSB reported.

Cavazos said that Robison felt like he had done the right thing, and that he reiterated in chambers that God had told him to act, ABC News reported.

She said that Robison acknowledged that it was improper of him to attempt to sway the jury, but that he was at peace with it because it was God’s will, the Statesman reported.

Cavazos said she will seek a retrial.

According to the Statesman, legal observers said that the judge’s interruptions constituted a violation of the code of ethics that requires impartiality on the part of jurors. His actions could trigger an investigation by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct.

In 2011, the commission determined that Robison improperly jailed a man in a child custody case, after the man called the judge a fool.

The commission issued a private reprimand, and noted that Robison had “exceeded the scope of his authority and failed to comply with the law” when he jailed the man without a hearing or advanced notice of the criminal contempt charge, the Statesman reported.

The commission’s executive director, Eric Vinson, refused to confirm or deny reports that a complaint had been filed against the judge.

Robison also refused to comment on the matter, court administrator Steve Thomas told ABC News.

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Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

I'll give it 6 months until we find out he purchased her services.

MariaHasLEOSon
MariaHasLEOSon

Time for this judge to retire. I believe in prayer, and I believe that a still, small voice within us might be from God. But I'm leery about God coaching the judge in the adjudicating of a court case in the hands of the jury.

julie1962
julie1962

just what I was thinking-either that or she got other dirt on him and threatening to tell it all

qazwiz
qazwiz

Assuming current Chief Justice John Roberts can hold on for seven more years, I think Hillary need look no further for her nominee for Chief Justice.

StandsWithPolice
StandsWithPolice

Another Liberal Mental Defect looking for attention makes Real Americans suffer while he lives a privileged and protected life with his family. I wonder if he belongs to the "Pedo Sicko's Club". I see a great future ahead for his kids and grandkids that's for sure! Oh and that message from God, it comes from a wolf in sheep clothing. He is Satan's minion there is no God in his message and I am not even a "religious" person and see it.