By Bizpac Review. A controversial judge is under fire as an Oregon community is in an uproar over his treatment of a domestic violence victim.
The behavior of Multnomah County Judge Kenneth Walker during a domestic abuse sentencing hearing in January has led to multiple complaints being filed with the Oregon Judicial Fitness Commission . . .
“I don’t know if he was preoccupied or had another appointment, but he silenced me in front of my abuser,” Parks, 27, said after the hearing, according to The Oregonian. “I felt so embarrassed.”
The victim also asked herself: “Am I being hysterical?”
At sentencing, Oregon law allows victims the right to “reasonably express any views concerning the crime, the person responsible, the impact of the crime on the victims, and the need for restitution and compensatory fine.” This right has no limits on the amount of time or words. (Read more from “Anti-Gun Judge Cuts off Domestic Violence Victim’s Impact Statement, Sparking Outrage” HERE)
Complaints Filed About Oregon Judge’s Treatment of Domestic Violence Victim
By The Oregonian. Three victims’ rights advocates have filed complaints with the state concerning Multnomah County Circuit Judge Kenneth Walker’s behavior during a domestic abuse sentencing hearing.
On Jan. 29, Dana Parks appeared in Walker’s courtroom to deliver a victim’s impact statement she had prepared for the sentencing of her ex-boyfriend, who had pleaded guilty to felony assault IV, attempted assault and coercion. It was the second time he had been sentenced for assaulting her.
But while Parks attempted to read her statement, Walker interrupted three times and ultimately walked out of the courtroom without allowing her to finish, according to a recording of the hearing.
Complaints about Walker’s actions were filed with the Oregon Judicial Fitness Commission over the last few days by Anne Pratt, vice president of Crime Victims United; Mary Elledge, Portland chapter leader of Parents of Murdered Children; and Danielle Tudor, a rape survivor and victims advocate. (Read more from “Complaints Filed About Oregon Judge’s Treatment of Domestic Violence Victim” HERE)