One defendant thought she was off the hook thanks to a higher power, when a judge said he was directly communicating the will of God to let them go.
Judge Jack Robinson stopped the proceedings in his courtroom as a jury was deliberating on a case regarding the prostitution of a minor.
The Texan jurors were examining the case against Gloria Romero-Perez, who was accused of trafficking her 16-year-old niece for sex.
As they were reviewing the case, Judge Robinson entreated the jury to ignore the evidence and heed his divinely inspired words.
"God told me the defendant is not guilty," he told them. He knew he was asking a lot of them, but he excused himself by saying, "When God tells me I gotta do something, I gotta do it."
The jurors were shocked by his warning, and considered their options.
Texas is a particularly Christian state, and the jury must have been conflicted when hearing the thoughts of this respected public figure.
Despite the heartfelt appraisal by the judge, the jurors ultimately decided to declare the defendant guilty, and convicted her of sex-trafficking a minor.
Romero-Perez was sentenced to 25 years in prison, but Judge Robinson wasn't there to see it happen. After his outburst with the jurors, he recused himself from the proceedings, handing the reins over to another judge.
This isn't the first time that Judge Robinson has found himself in hot water, holy or otherwise. He previously drew the ire of the courts when he wrongfully imprisoned a grandfather who called him a "fool" in a child custody case.