January 4, 2018 11:55 am

‘Knees together’ judge Robin Camp should be able to practise law again: lawyer

Robin Camp arrives at a Canadian Judicial Council inquiry in a Calgary hotel, Friday, September 9, 2016.


The lawyer for a former judge who asked why a rape complainant didn’t keep her knees together says a “lack of sensitivity” at the time is no reason to prevent Robin Camp from rejoining the legal profession.

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Alain Hepner has filed his final written submissions to the Law Society of Alberta on behalf of Camp who stepped down from Federal Court in March following a Canadian Judicial Council recommendation that he be removed from the bench.

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Court transcripts from the 2014 sexual assault trial show that Camp — a provincial court judge in Calgary at the time — called the complainant “the accused” numerous times and asked her why she didn’t resist by keeping her “knees together.”

Camp told a law society hearing in November he has changed and would not return to criminal law.

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Hepner says his client has made a mistake but has apologized and a lack of sensitivity during the trial doesn’t reflect on his character.

He says since Camp is no longer a judge, there is no way he could repeat his misconduct.

The law society is still considering Camp’s application.

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