Domestic violence case against ‘culturally incompetent’ defendant dropped

A judge has ended efforts to reinstate a domestic-violence prosecution against Augustin Bahati, the Congolese refugee deemed culturally incompetent to stand trial earlier this year.

Circuit Court Judge Kimberly Chabot said she wouldn’t grant city prosecutors a do-over of the case and dismissed the misdemeanor charges against Bahati, 33: four counts of domestic violence and one of sexual assault.

Four counts of domestic violence and one of sexual assault are misdemeanor charges?! And if he’s ‘culturally incompetent’ then why is he living here?


  • The Buddhist Butterfly

    I thought all cultures were equal though.

    Aren’t they really saying he isn’t even human enough to be responsible for his actions?

    Are they right or wrong?

    • Alain

      Any bets that the female judge would have ruled very differently had he been a white male from the country, in other words not a foreigner?

      • CodexCoder

        Any bets the judge would have ruled differently if she had been the victim? So much for the sisterhood of feminism.

    • occupant 9

      There’s a little exception to the “all cultures are equal thing” which is “all cultures” except for the host culture, specifically if that host culture is advanced, free and western.

  • felis gracilis

    “And if he’s ‘culturally incompetent’ then why is he living here?”

    That’s the question that gets right to the heart of the matter!

    Isn’t it time we began finding some of these judges to be “culturally incompetent”?

    • A Hamilton Guy

      From what I’ve seen just incompetent would suffice.

      • DaninVan

        That works for me…and a female judge at that.
        Women are their own worst enemy.
        I’m looking into my crystal ball; I see this stone age thug killing a woman, and sooner rather than later.

  • Tooth&Claw

    Nah this guy likes using his physical power inappropriately to coerce females to do what he wants. No incompetent about it.

  • marty_p

    Isn’t one of the fundamentals of western law that “Ignorance of the Law is No Excuse”?
    Let me guess – law schools everywhere will now have edit text books to add an asterisk and a comment “Unless you are from Africa”.

  • Dana Garcia

    “Culturally incompetent” — that phrase is a keeper!

    • Literally Hitler

      Could give “driving as a second language” a run for its money as my most frequently used expression.

  • WalterBannon

    some govt officials in this case need to be ‘culturally incompetently’ executed by a patriot

  • occupant 9

    “Culturally incompetent” is an invention of the racism at the heart of Progressive thought. That a judge could create a new excuse for side-stepping the law only proves again …laws are for the law-abiding

    • DaninVan

      Great point, O9; where in Law is that a recognized defence?

      Points out once again the folly of not making Citizenship courses mandatory for new arrivals.

  • QiPo

    Hard to judge the inmates from the asylum staff these days, eh?

  • Maggat

    I’d expect the Queen’s Cowboys to shortly be seen packing his suitcase across the border into Canada.