QUINCY, Ill. (KHQA) — Judge Robert Adrian on Tuesday likely eked out a win to retain his seat on the bench for the Eighth Judicial Circuit Court of Illinois in the Nov. 8, 2022 general election, according to unofficial results.
Based on KHQA's unofficial total from all eight counties voting on his retention, Adrian garnered 61.8% yes votes to 38.2% no votes. Illinois judges must receive 60% of the vote for retention.
Adrian kicked off this year's campaign on July 12 in Adams County amid supporters and protesters after he became the center of international controversy in January 2022 when he overturned a sexual assault conviction.
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After a three-day bench trial last October, Adrian found Drew Clinton, 18, of Quincy, guilty of sexual assaulting a 16-year-old girl. However, Adrian later threw out Clinton's conviction.
At Clinton's sentencing hearing, Adrian said the mandatory four-year prison sentence for the crime was not warranted and that the 148 days that Clinton spent in jail was an appropriate sentence.
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Adrian was first elected to the court in 2010 and retained in the general election in 2016.