Judge Derek Johnson of Bass Ackward Rape Comments Gets Serious Election Challenge

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Judge Derek G. Johnson is facing his first reelection challenge since his disgusting rape comments.
2008: A Moxley Confidential column reports on Orange County Superior Court Judge Derek G. Johnson opining that if a victim's vagina hadn't been "shredded" during a sexual assault then the woman gave at least partial consent to her attacker.

2012: R. Scott Moxley's scoop results in the California Commission on Judicial Ethics publicly admonishing the judge, who ever since has been relegated to mostly minor cases.

2014: Johnson's self inflicted mouth rape brings a serious challenge to his seat on the bench.

Finally.

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But don't blame challenger Helen Hayden for the lag time: June 3, 2014, is the first time anyone, including the Laguna Beach lawyer, has had the opportunity to run against Judge Johnson since he made the remarks.

Hayden claims she only threw her hat in the ring because no one else had. Let me repeat that: No one was set to challenge a judge who had been publicly admonished for saying things like the rape victim did not suffer serious enough injuries to suggest she actually put up a fight, and that if she truly did not want it her body would have shut down and not allowed sexual intercourse.

After having put her name in as a placeholder for the six-year term--and then seeing no other challengers--Hayden thought some more about it and the mindset of a judge that would think, let alone say such things. That's when she decided to actually take a serious run at Johnson, who was appointed by Gov. Gray Davis in 2000.

By the way, who says Orange County politics are not screwed up? Besides the state panel overseeing judges, District Attorney Tony Rackauckas blasted Johnson for his comments. So who has T-Rack endorsed in the race? Drum roll, please ... Johnson!

Incredible.

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It's not even like Rackauckas is sticking by a member of his own Republican Party, as he is, say, with Board of Equalization candidate Diane Harkey, the termed-out Dana Point assemblywoman whose husband burned elderly investors, some of their life savings. Judge Johnson is a Democrat. Hayden is a Republican.

That certainly caught the attention of the Orange County Register, which followed up on a report on the race with an endorsement of Hayden. But it is perhaps The Orange Juice Blog's Daniel Lamb who put it best:

It has been noted that the media omitted the fact that Judge Johnson is a Democrat. Despite his comments on rape, the local Democrats indeed appear more than willing to allow the judge to remain on the bench. It is not Johnson, but the Democrats [who] want you to believe it is Republican Helen Hayden waging a "War on Women." Groups, such as the Laguna Woods Democratic Party, have shunned Ms. Hayden upon learning of her party identification. Not a single women's group responded when Ms. Hayden reached-out to promote her campaign. Their tacit support of Judge Johnson, along with that of the local Democrats, reveals the sad irony behind the "War on Women." While shunning a "more-than-capable successor," the Democrats and the establishment are aligned with a universally condemned form of official sexism.

Like the fellow in the peanut gallery said earlier, this county's politics are all screwed up.

Email: mcoker@ocweekly.com. Twitter: @MatthewTCoker. Follow OC Weekly on Twitter @ocweekly or on Facebook!


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NGCoot
NGCoot

Our judicial system is corrupt to the core. What this likely is is a judge giving a break to a defendant - not because of an overriding legal issue or some sense of "justice" - but rather a payoff to the defending attorney with whom the judge has some sort of relationship - sick, sick shit.

JBinOC
JBinOC topcommenter

A little more than 1.5 years ago, I was empaneled on a jury on a case presided over by Judge Derek G. Johnson.  His conduct during this 4 day trial was nothing but eminently professional, fair, even-tempered, courteous...even affable, during appropriate moments.  And every other positive attribute you could think of. 

Judge Derek G. Johnson's conduct was exactly what every rational, sane person would expect before walking into a courtroom.  Believe me, I've served on some juries over the years, and some people would be shocked that this is not always the case.  (I'm sure RSM knows this from covering the courthouse beat.) 

I'm not fond of the opinion Judge Johnson drafted in that 2008 case, but I 100% believe his intentions were good.  Maybe in trying to interpret the law, he stated something the wrong way.  Could it be that in trying to be impartial to both the victim and the accused, he dissected evidence a little too literally?  Whatever the case...there's no way I can believe he's the out-of-touch monster he's being portrayed as. 

I'm with jdkent.  I'll be voting next Tuesday.  For Judge Derek G. Johnson. 

18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

Where there is rampant #donaldsterling racism - misogyny is not too far behind. For example, #orangecounty CA law enforcement's predominantly male leadership almost never used female cops/deputies for criminal harassment purposes. Not enough trust that their female cops would keep the oath violating garbage behavior under wraps.

So you can't be shocked that such an incredible asshole like this Judge could exist in your judicial system. Dime a dozen in your judicial system.

Personally, I'm interested in discovering the asshole of a judge that gave license to OC law enforcement harassing me across three separate decades.

jdkent
jdkent

By the way, Mr. Coker, interesting your article has a paid advertisement from the opposing candidate smack in the middle! Go to love journalistic integrity! No bias there.....

jdkent
jdkent

By the way, Mr. Coker, love the journalistic integrity of your article with the opposing candidate's paid advertisement smack in the middle! No bias there.....

fishwithoutbicycle
fishwithoutbicycle topcommenter

This is why I'm registered as an "Independent". Sexism is still alive and well on BOTH sides of the aisle. I'd much prefer to have a judge sitting on the bench that doesn't have the attitude that a woman whose vagina wasn't completely "shredded" during a sexual assault wasn't really raped. I don't much care which political party that judge belongs to.

sweetliberty17761776
sweetliberty17761776 topcommenter

btw,


thanks OCW


for adding the msm leaving out the fact that AGAIN


ITS THE DEMS WHO ARE REALLY WAGING THE WAR ON WOMEN


The dem claim against the gop falls flat as their main litmus test is the pro-life agenda by the gop as being anti women


think about that 




then think about the dems who are the party that lets criminals back out

seals their records


runs the school systems around the country where bullies have the run of the place, or the unions do and the students are forgotten


or THE DEMS WHO ARE AGAINST WOMEN OWNING GUNS TO STOP THOSE CRAZY EX'S 


or defend themselves against rape


or the self esteem beating by the promotion of welfare 


NOT TO MENTION


that men are sent packing in the same welfare system


( hows that child rearing coming along)



and on it goes



jdkent
jdkent

Judge Derek Johnson is a highly intelligent, tough, yet a fair judge. First, I would like to point out, as Judge Johnson himself has, that the remarks he made in 1 case out of thousands he has handled were inappropriate and dated. Second, one should look at his entire career, and record as a judge in determining who is the better candidate. Judge Johnson was a Deputy District Attorney for about 10 years, then in private practice handling civl litigation for about 12 years, and, most recently, an Orange County Superior Court Judge for the last 14 years. His adversary, ran "to make a statement." She was found to be "Qualified" to run for judge, which is one wrung on the ladder above "Not Qualified." Judge Johnson was found to be "Well Qualified", one wrung from the top! His adversary does not have anywhere near the qualifications that Judge Johnson has. She is an insurance businesswoman and attorney for her own company. Last but not least, look at the support Judge Johnson has from the legal community that knows him best. Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackaukas, Deputy District Attorneys, both male and female, as well as numerous private and public defense attorneys, both male and female, support his reelection. Vote for the best person to be judge, and not for someone who wants to rally on a single mistake that was made! Judge Johnson deserves to be a judge, and that is why the Committee on Judicial Performance pointed out the mistake made and left him in office! Those of you who have never said or done anything wrong in their lives, should vote for his adversary..... Myself, and everyone I know, will be voting for Judge Derek Johnson!

sweetliberty17761776
sweetliberty17761776 topcommenter

this is happening all across the country


some dem female judge let the guy go b/c the female "knew better" or some garbage like that



jdkent
jdkent

@NGCoot You really should check your facts.... You make wild accusations of some "payoff" when both the prosecutor and public defender in that case both had an antagonistic relationship with the judge.... You really should try to get the facts prior to making ignorant comments.....

mhip
mhip

@jdkent Thought it so nice, you posted it twice...

MatthewTCoker
MatthewTCoker topcommenter

@jdkent  You got me: I am biased against men who think that about rape. Lock me up, yer honor, and throw away the key!

18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

Lending such weight to the endorsement by this County's DA? LMAO

sweetliberty17761776
sweetliberty17761776 topcommenter

@jdkent


you say "one remark"


which only proves he was adept at hiding ( or no one cared) about his real feelings

spencerj05
spencerj05

@sweetliberty17761776 Name all the other Dem judges doing this..... we're waiting....


But we can all name several republican judges.... so how about it, where's that list of Dem judges that act like this....

NGCoot
NGCoot

@jdkent - It happens - I've seen it happen. I stand by my comment.

jdkent
jdkent

@mhip @jdkent Actually, didn't realize it posted twice, but now that you mention it, I think I should post it several more times! How can one expect an unbiased article from a writer who works for a publication that has a paid endorsement from the opponent within the article? If that's not blatant bias, what is? By the way, "mhip" don't hide behind an anonymous identity. Have the gumption to put your reputation, and identity where your mouth is..... 

jdkent
jdkent

@MatthewTCoker @jdkent Mr. Coker, you should do some real research into this area, and the OC Weekly should be better than to include a paid advertisement within a slanted piece of plagiarism (Yes, your article just regurgitates what the OC Register said a few days ago!) Do some independent research and come up with something fresh? Too tough for you I gather.... Oh yah, that's not what your advertiser paid you for, is it? 

jdkent
jdkent

@dave998 @jdkent Wow.... Sounds like you need to visit OC Mental Health.... You can find the locations online..... I hope you find the help you clearly need....

jdkent
jdkent

@sweetliberty17761776 @jdkent Where does this "adept at hiding" assumption come from? Yes, one remark! The felony courts in OC all have trial transcripts..... Where are the remarks he is "adept at hiding"? They would all be in the transcripts... Answer: It was "one remark"....

fishwithoutbicycle
fishwithoutbicycle topcommenter

@sweetliberty17761776 

I agree with you on this. I don't buy that "one remark" garbage...and what kind of loathsome person would make a comment like that to begin with?

sweetliberty17761776
sweetliberty17761776 topcommenter

@spencerj05 @sweetliberty17761776


thank you for making my point


the msm doesnt put the political party



or as has been seen before,


the leftists wont even cover it


how do you think matt drudge came into view!?



as the OCweekly JUST POINTED OUT


AGAIN, THANKS


AND KEEP POSTING

jdkent
jdkent

@NGCoot @jdkent If you have seen a "payoff" you should immediately report it to the authorities, State Bar and Committee on Judicial Performance!

jdkent
jdkent

@MatthewTCoker @jdkent @missedpuberty1776 Mr. Coker, you are doing a great job showing your bias and that of the OC Weekly to its paid advertisers. Maybe one day, you can try to be as good of an investigative reporter as Scott Moxley.... Yes, I do give him kudos for breaking many stories. In the meantime, keep up your plagiaristic, bias remarks....

MatthewTCoker
MatthewTCoker topcommenter

@jdkent @missedpuberty1776 @MatthewTCoker Talk about wild assumptions: I did not regurgitate the Register; I regurgitated our own Scott Moxley, who broke the original story on your buddy's shameful comments. I mentioned the Reg because they endorsed the judge's challenger, and the Weekly does not do endorsements. By the way, ALL reporters are biased. Unlike others, we don't pretend not to be at the Weekly.

jdkent
jdkent

@missedpuberty1776 @jdkent @MatthewTCoker It is amazing to me the wild assumptions made by posters in this blog.... I am not the judge in question, although I am a lawyer that appears before this judge and most every other judge in OC, LA, SB, and Riverside..... Why won't anyone address the issue: Is there any journalistic integrity in a article within a publication that features a paid advertisement from the adversary within the article? It doesn't pass the "smell test"! I like the OC Weekly, and was greatly disturbed by the bias shown within this piece.....

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