MEDFORD, Ore. — The audio has been released of a Jackson County Judge’s remarks to a man convicted of child sexual abuse. Those comments from Judge Tim Barnack resulted in a censure by the Oregon Supreme Court last month.
Barnack’s comments came from a sentencing in January 2012. Judge Barnack’s censure stemmed from comments made to Richard Taylor, who was being sentenced to life in prison for sexually abusing two young boys.
As Taylor was being sentenced in Jackson County, court Judge Barnack asked if Taylor wanted to save his soul. He also said he thought the community may wonder why Taylor wasn’t wasn’t “hanging from a tree”, and in the audio from that sentencing, we hear Barnack tell Taylor he hopes he rots in prison.
“I’ve seen the cells for people like you. They’re skinny, they’re small, and I think you get an hour of daylight. You will rot, and for what you did to these people, that’s where you should be,” Judge Tim Barnack is heard saying during the sentencing.
In February, the Oregon Supreme Court issued a censure for Judge Barnack, saying he crossed the line in court and had violated the judge’s code of conduct.
Barnack has since apologized for his actions, and acknowledged he lost control of his emotions that day. Court officials say the complaint was only based on the single incident, and not on any sort of pattern by Judge Barnack.