A petition condemning a judge’s decision to sentence a man who repeatedly raped his 12-year-old daughter to two months in prison has gathered 40,000 signatories.
The unnamed 40-year-old man from Montana after pleading to raping his daughter multiple times was sentenced to 60 days in jail and probation. This decision from Judge John McKeon came as a shock as the prosecutor on the case recommended a 100-year sentence.
Following the verdict, a petition was launched to “impeach Judge McKeon”, stating that he “did what he thought was best for the rapist instead of the victim”.
The petition asked for the Judicial Standards Commission to review the case and stated that the judge should not “retire and collect a paycheck from taxpayers” because he “failed to fulfill his duty”, has so far collected more than 40,000 signatures.
The petition states that “Judge McKeon did not uphold the responsibility of ensuring justice as he is required to in his elected position. The judge provided a number of reasons his horrible decision. None of them justify the sentence that was handed down. He is just one of many judges who have been caught handing down light sentences to rapists. This must stop and we can only do that by sending a message. It is time to start punishing the judges who let these monsters walk our streets.”
Judge McKeon has reportedly defended his verdict, stating that a psycho-sexual evaluation found that the accused could be safely treated and supervised in the community.
In a written response to the outcry following his decision, Mr McKeon wrote that he would “encourage and provide opportunities for an offender’s self-improvement, rehabilitation and reintegration back into a community,”.
It comes several months after another US judge faced the wrath of the public when he sentenced Stanford swimmer Brock Turner to six months in prison after he was convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman.