“This is what happens whenever parents allow teenagers to drink alcohol, to swim in pools with their undergarments on.”

Ex-Judge Adrian, Unemployed

A victim blaming Illinois judge has been removed from his job following his unlawful overturning of a rape conviction he ruled on.

Adams County Judge Robert Adrian was removed from the bench on Friday by The Illinois Courts Commission following a three-day hearing in Chicago last November. The decision says Adrian “engaged in multiple instances of misconduct” and “abused his position of power to indulge his own sense of justice while circumventing the law.”

Adrian’s removal stems from a case involving the rape of a 16-year-old girl. In October 2021, Adrian found then 18-year-old Drew Clinton of Taylor, Michigan, guilty of sexually assaulting the girl at a May 2021 graduation party. Despite the guilty verdict, the judge declared that the 148 days that Clinton had spent in jail awaiting sentencing was punishment enough, and he threw the case out.

Not having any of that bullshit, the young woman, Cameron Vaughan, decided to go public and fight the decision. Cameron told The Associated Press that Adrian’s reversal of Clinton’s verdict left her “completely shocked” and made her determined to oust the judge.

Cameron told the Chicago Tribune following last Friday’s decision removing Adrian from the bench that she was “very happy that the commission could see all the wrong and all the lies that he told the entire time. I’m so unbelievably happy right now. He can’t hurt anybody else. He can’t ruin anyone else’s life.”