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An Idaho judge sentenced a high school football player to three years of probation and 300 hours of community service after prosecutors said he took part in a brutal locker room assault on a black football player.

Judge Randy Stoker is now speaking out and responding to people who feel that the sentence was too light for the perpetrator, 19-year-old John R.K. Howard. The judge accused the press (and public) for misrepresenting what happened, saying the case is not about “rape” or “sex” and that “people from the east coast have no idea what this case is about.”

Howard, who is being accused of anally penetrating a black, mentally disabled high schooler with a hanger, will skip jail time although there’s some evidence that supports the assumption that the attack was race related. Judge Stoker told The Guardian, “This is not a rape case. This is not a sex case. This started out as penetration with a foreign object. Whatever happened in that locker room was not sexual. It wasn’t appropriate. There’s nothing in this record that supports anything close to the sexual allegation against this young man.” He added that the victim “was not targeted, which dispels in my view any claim of a racial incident. Another individual who was involved said [the victim] was called ‘fried chicken’ because [he] said it was his favorite food. I don’t think it’s a racial slur.”

Following his light sentencing, Judge Stoker is now the subject of a petition to have him removed from the bench in Idaho with almost 150,000 signatures as of press time. The NAACP Tri-State Conference of Idaho-Nevada-Utah has also asked the Idaho U.S. Department of Justice last week to conduct an independent investigation into the case.


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14 thoughts on “Black Teen Was Sexually Assaulted And Called ‘Fried Chicken,’ Judge Says It Wasn’t About The Race

  1. Cynthia on said:

    I would say that I am surprised, but the justice system has NEVER been equal. How can you get any more white than Idaho…so, not surprised at all, but it is definitely troubling that the judge did not see this as “rape/sex” crime. Had that happened to a young high school white girl by some black boys, they would have sentenced him to death. Chris…do your research on that. Do research on the inequalities in the justice system…all down the years.

  2. redbone1954 on said:

    Speechless but not at all surprised by the “Use of judical robe” to make decisions about what happens to Black people in this country. Now if that had been a blue eyed blonde woman all hell would have broken out.

  3. specialt757 on said:

    Outrageous! Is this the same judge from the previous case? Sign the petition, send a message, get his ass of the bench, he’s despicable.

  4. They didn’t even consider it a hate crime when the hateful Dylan roof killed those church goers. If that wasn’t a hate crime, what is?

  5. americanize on said:

    4black teens clip a few hairs off a white boys head and its a hate crime.But the young devil can stick a hanger up a disable black kid azz and get probation.This is why white people are a race of devils.As for the judge,its the I,m white and I say so law.

    • I get the double standard aspect of your comment. But, if you are going to describe what happened in Chicago as “a few hairs,” perhaps you should do a little research of what really happened. And as far as “a race of devils,” ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ.

      • americanize on said:

        You don,t get the double standard,ur comment proves you are a devil yourself,ur just on this site to cause chaos,an if ur black,ur a coon.

      • You probably needed someone explain to you what “double standard” means. You have no idea what happened in Chicago.

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