Uh, I’m sorry to rain on your little parade here, but a man who rapes is NOT a good man. Not in the slightest.
A Utah judge is under fire, and rightly so, after people have complained about him calling a former Mormon bishop an “extraordinary good man.” That doesn’t sound so bad….except the ‘bishop’ has been convicted of rape and the judge said this at his sentencing.
A jury found Keith Robert Vallejo guilty on 10 counts of forcible sexual abuse, and one of object rape. However, Judge Thomas Low let Vallejo out of custody.
Julia Kirby, 23, one of Vallejo’s victims, said she was shocked by the judge’s sympathy.
“That judge didn’t care about me,” she said Friday. “He only cared about the person he was convicting, and I think that is really kind of despicable.”
Kirby said she was 19 when she said Vallejo, a relative, groped her multiple times when she stayed at his house while attending Brigham Young University in 2013.
Ryan McBride, the prosecutor on the case, said Low’s comments were inappropriate and said it may have come in response to more than 50 character letters about Vallejo, most of them detailing the good things he has done. The defendant’s brother spoke at the hearing and compared Vallejo to Jesus in making the argument that he was wrongly convicted, McBride said.
“I don’t think it’s wrong to acknowledge the good things that someone has done in their lives,” the prosecutor said. “But I think whenever you do that in a case like this, you’ve also got to say, ‘But it doesn’t excuse what you’ve done.’ “
It sounds to me like Judge Low is abusing his power, and needs to be punished just as much as Vallejo does. Could this count as aiding and abetting? I’m not sure….but it is absolutely despicable that Low would praise a rapist at his sentencing.
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