A Texas judge, Jack Robison, interrupted jury deliberations to tell the jurors that God told him that the defendant was not guilty. From the Austin-American Statesmen:
A Comal County judge said God told him to intervene in jury deliberations to sway jurors to return a not guilty verdict in the trial of a Buda woman accused of trafficking a teen girl for sex.
Judge Jack Robison apologized to jurors for the interruption, but defended his actions by telling them “when God tells me I gotta do something, I gotta do it,” according to the Herald-Zeitung in New Braunfels.
The jury defied God, or at least whoever Judge Robinson was talking to, and convicted Gloria Romero-Perez of “continuous trafficking of a person.” They later sentenced her to 25 years in prison, but by that point Judge Robinson had recused himself.
I… imagine this will trigger some kind of state ethics review. Religion aside, when judges start admitting to being guided by VOICES THAT ONLY THEY CAN HEAR… that’s a good time to reconsider a person’s fitness for the bench.