In the tradition of Bill O'Reilly, it seemed appropriate to point out this judge...as they are elected.
"...A judge changed his mind Friday and reinstated a jury's conviction of a 44-year-old man for trying to coax a 9-year-old girl into a Sheboygan park shelter for sex.
A jury deliberated for just 30 minutes in September before finding Mitchell Pask guilty of felony child enticement, which is punishable by up to 15 years in prison and 10 years of extended supervision.
But Sheboygan County Judge Timothy Van Akkeren threw out the guilty verdict, ruling there was no evidence the park shelter was secluded as required by a law prohibiting luring a child into a "vehicle, building, room or secluded place" for sexual contact.
Prosecutors filed motions asking Van Akkeren to reconsider, and the judge changed his mind at a hearing Friday.
"While I continue to have significant concerns about the sufficiency of the evidence in this case, I recognize that the appellate court may take a broader view," Van Akkeren said..." (source)
If a judge wants to override a jury opting for a stiffer sentence (as they usually know all the things they wouldn't allow the jury to hear and have a better understanding of the heinousness of the crime), I'm more than okay with that. But what's with all these judges lately that are sympathetic to pedophiles? I'm less concerned about the fact that he changed his decision as it was basically under duress (or the thought of being overturned in appeal) --but the fact that he threw out the guilty verdict all together.
All of you in Sheboygan County, Wis...remember this guy's name: Judge Timothy Van Akkeren
If you are about to make any excuses for this judge...know this:
"According to a criminal complaint, Pask, who was convicted of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old boy in 1992 and violating state sex offender registry requirements in 2005, approached a 9-year-old girl playing with friends in Sheboygan's Worker's Park in June.
Carrying a beer and smoking a cigarette, Pask remarked "look at those sexy little salty girls" and told the 9-year-old he had candy for her, the complaint said.
He then motioned her to follow him to the shelter. The girl refused to go with him. Police captured Pask in the park."
This was Mitchell D. Pask's (pictured) THIRD offense. He is already a registered sex offender.