Judge Marries Domestic Assault Victim and Accused Attacker

A Baltimore County judge has been suspended after he married an alleged domestic assault victim and her attacker. The judge married the couple in the morning, and was supposed to preside over the assault case later that afternoon. In the assault case, the judge found the attacker not guilty, because the victim elected to use her newly acquired evidentiary right to refuse to testify against her husband.

In a recent interview, the judge says he was guided by his Catholic conscience when he married the couple. He now says he made a mistake in presiding over both the marriage and the assault case. He also said he did not know the seriousness of the assault case, the victim denied being abused prior to the marriage ceremony. The judge is currently on administrative leave.

Judge defends his actions in marrying couple in assault case | The Baltimore Sun

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