Stanford Rape Case Juror “Absolutely Shocked and Appalled” by 6-Month Sentence

HeadlineJun 14, 2016
Pesky

And in California, a juror has written to Judge Aaron Persky to say he is “absolutely shocked and appalled” by the six-month sentence he gave to the former Stanford swimmer who raped an unconscious woman. Brock Allen Turner was found guilty of three felony counts of sexual assault after two witnesses caught him on top of the woman last year. But Judge Persky sentenced him to only six months in county jail—which will likely be reduced to three months under good behavior—saying a longer term could have a “severe impact” on him. In a letter published by Palo Alto Weekly, the juror writes, “We were unanimous in our finding of the defendant’s guilt and our verdicts were marginalized based on your own personal opinion.” A letter written by Turner’s victim has gone viral, drawing praise from prominent figures including Vice President Joe Biden, who wrote to her in an open letter, “I do not know your name—but I will never forget you.”

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