Ohio Judge Under Fire Over Rape Cases

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Columbus, Ohio (AP) -- An Ohio judge is being criticized for ordering two rape victims to appear before their attackers in court and for scolding one of them.

Judge Timothy Horton of Franklin County Common Pleas Court in Columbus acknowledges that those recent cases weren't his finest hours and says he's still evolving as a judge.

Often, rape cases are settled in way that protects victims from reliving their ordeal on the witness stand.

But Horton said he wanted to hear from two victims to make sure all parties understood the defendants' plea deals.

When one victim, a young woman, began to break down on the stand, transcripts show the judge told her to compose herself or else he'd tear up the guilty plea.

A victims' advocate calls Horton's comments inexcusable.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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  • by dot Location: marietta on Jun 11, 2009 at 09:42 PM
    he still has his job why? i thought for sure if a judge were to step out of line like that they would remove him from his seat. That is completely uncalled for. I say fire the man and put someone in his place that is capable of doing the job properly. I think that woman has suffered enough then to be belittled infront of someone who did such a horrific thing to her, it's just unheard of. I feel for his wife if this is the kinda man he is. That poor woman(if there is a wife at all).
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