Judge Interrupts Jury, Says God Told Him to Sway Jurors into Not Guilty Verdict


There have been countless inspirational books written that tell us to look to God when things get tough and this can be very helpful in difficult times.

One Texas judge took the idea of looking to God to a whole new level. For many, it’s difficult to understand what made him take the actions that he did.

Judge Jack Robison was not new to the court system nor to the media. In 2011, Robison was reprimanded for improperly jailing a grandfather after he protested against a decision in a custody hearing.

The State Commission on Judicial Conduct stated that Robison “exceeded the scope of his authority and failed to comply with the law” for jailing the grandfather.

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Robison had also presided over sensationalized cases, including the 2014 case of Justin Carter. Carter was accused of posting violent Facebook posts about shooting children.

Judge Robison’s newest claim to fame in the courtroom is all about God. He claims that God told him how to run the case.

In many cases, we want to believe those who say they’ve heard from God. It can be a crucial element for some Christians.

But it was the way this particular case went on that has some people questioning the judge and his soundness.

As he interrupted the jury for an announcement, he apologised and said, “When God tells me I gotta do something, I gotta do it.”

Robison went on to tell the jury that in that particular case, God had spoken to him and that he believed that it was his duty to sway the jury into a not-guilty verdict.

The trial involved a Buda woman accused of trafficking children for the sex trade. The jury decided to go against Robison’s wishes.

Gloria Romero-Perez was found guilty of continuous trafficking of a person. She was sentenced to 25 years in prison. Robison left before the sentencing and another judge stepped in.

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Several of those who knew Robison stepped forward to defend him. Those who have practiced law with him believed that he must have seen something in the case that disturbed him.

Robison had practiced law for over 20 years. Some believed that his actions were courageous while others were left scratching their heads.

Robison’s actions may trigger an investigation from the State Commission on Judicial Conduct.

There is nothing in ethical code for judges that speaks to interrupting a jury during deliberations. He is scheduled to return to the bench.

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