Municipal Judge Teresa Carr Deni's handling of the case was an "unforgivable miscarriage of justice," said Jane Leslie Dalton, the bar association's chancellor. "The victim has been brutalized twice in this case: first by the assailants, and now by the court."
Dalton's criticism came just 28 days after the association recommended that voters Tuesday retain Deni for a third six-year term.
That recommendation, however, came before Deni's ruling in the preliminary hearing for Dominique Gindraw, 19. Dalton's remarks yesterday were clearly aimed at voters who may not have been aware of the case.
Dalton said Deni's ruling and comments showed that she misunderstood "what constitutes rape in Pennsylvania."
Dalton said the law permitted any woman to change her mind after consenting to sex "regardless of the circumstances. We cannot imagine any circumstances more violent or coercive than being forced to have sex with four men at gunpoint."
"In the final analysis, it is up to each individual voter, in the privacy of the voting booth, to make his or her own decision as to whether Judge Deni should continue in her present position," Dalton said.
Due to the rules of the association, the previous recommendation for Deni could not be revoked. But hopefully she won't be voted in again.