A Texas judge claimed God told him a defendant was innocent and asked a jury to keep deliberating after they found her guilty.
Comal County Judge Jack Robison told the jurors that the conviction of Gloria Romero Perez, on charges of continuous sex trafficking and the sale or purchase of a child, would be a misuse of justice because he believed she was innocent.
But the jury wasn’t swayed and still found her guilty.
“The judge later apologized to the jury, and said something to the effect of, ‘When God tells me I gotta do something, I gotta do it,’” according to a report on the Jan 12, 2018 incident, from the Texas Commission on Judicial Conduct.
The judge received 18 complaints over the outburst.
He also reported himself to the commission over the incident, saying he was under extreme stress because of a friend’s death and that he had been experiencing memory lapses. He said he was being treated for a medical condition.
Two medical experts said the judge’s outburst was caused by temporary “delirium.”
The commission issued a public warning to the judge over the incident but didn’t suspend him.
Romero Perez was sentenced to 25 years in prison. But her conviction was declared a mistrial in October when a judge found that Robison’s ruling was not in accordance with the law.
She is awaiting a retrial.
With Post wires