A new judge in a Dallas rape case has changed the sentence of the convicted, to have more teeth.
The case of the rape of a 14-year-old girl two years ago gained national attention recently after State District Judge Jeanine Howard sentenced now 20-year-old Sir Young to 5-years probation and community service. Young pleaded guilty and admitted to the rape in a confession.
Judge Howard later wrote about her decision in a newspaper claiming that the victim was not as innocent as she made out. The judge went further to add that the victim's medical records showed she had three other sexual partners and a baby. All of which the victim denies.
The victim-shaming drew public attention and pressure which led Judge Howard to recuse herself from the case. The new judge amended the sentence to remove the community service, which Howard ordered to be served at a rape crisis center, and added sexual-offender status.
Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins says not only did Judge Howard's sentence make no sense she also violated federal HIPAA laws, "I think it was unfortunate that a lawyer and a judge violated HIPAA laws to discuss publicly a victim's medical records."
State District Judge JeanineHoward is up for reelection in November, but she is running unopposed.