Texas Judge Told Jury ‘God Told Me the Defendant Is Not Guilty’ in Trial of Woman Accused of Sex Trafficking Her Teenage Niece
A Texas judge allegedly interrupted a deliberating jury to claim that God told him the defendant is not guilty.
Judge Jack Robison reportedly told jurors on Friday in a state district court in Comal County in Texas that Gloria Romero-Perez was not guilty of trafficking her 16-year-old niece for sex.
According to the Herald-Zeitung, Judge Robison apologized to jurors for the interruption, but defended his actions by declaring: ‘When God tells me I gotta do something, I gotta do it.’
Despite Robison’s outburst, the jury found 32-year-old Romano-Perez guilty of continuous trafficking of a person and sentenced her to 25 years in prison.
The Herald-Zeitung reported that Robison recused himself before the trial’s sentencing phase and was replaced by Judge Gary Steele.
Defense attorney Sylvia Cavazos said Friday she would attempt to seek a retrial, but her request was denied.
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Source: Daily Mail