Assemblywoman Gabriela Mosquera became the latest New Jersey lawmaker to call for the removal of two judges who have come under fire for comments made during sexual assault proceedings involving minors.
“These judges may not be from my district, but their actions have an impact on everyone in our state,” Mosquera said. “Silva and Troiano set a terrible precedent for the handling of sexual assault cases that cannot be allowed to go unchecked. I unequivocally call for their removal.”
Judge James Troiano refused to try as an adult a 16-year-old boy accused of raping 16-year-old girl and sending a videotape of the assault to his friends as an adult over worries that that doing so would imperil the alleged rapist’s future.
Judge Marcia Silva refused to try a 16-year-old boy accused of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl as an adult, ruling that the victim suffered no emotional, mental or physical harm past the loss of her virginity.
“The comments these two judges made were utterly inexcusable, ultimately making light of the magnitude of suffering rape victims endure,” Mosquera said. “The lives of these two young girls have been forever changed by their ordeals, yet both judges made it seem as if neither accusation warranted serious treatment.”
Over the last week, an increasing number of lawmakers, including Senate President Steve Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, have called for the two judges to resign or be removed.
Gov. Phil Murphy called the judges’ comments extremely troubling but stopped short of calling for their removal.