Assemblywoman Annette Quijano called for the immediate removal of two embattled judges facing fire for comments they made from the bench during sexual assault hearings.
“Judge Marcia Silva and Judge James Troiano should resign from their positions immediately or be removed from the bench,” Quijano said. “The comments made by the judges in their separate cases were inexcusable and unprofessional.”
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.
Both decisions were overturned by state appeals courts.
“Silva’s statements that the alleged rape of a 12-year-old girl was not, ‘especially heinous or cruel’ and the victim did not suffer ‘especially serious harm’ are reprehensible. Silva’s comments suggest the judge is oblivious to the harm that has been done to the child.
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 stopped short of calling for the judges’ removal but said their comments were extremely troubling.