June 07, 2016
Stanford Rape Trial Forgets Women Are People
A Stanford law professor is leading the campaign against Judge Aaron Persky for giving only six months of jail time to Brock Turner, the Stanford star athlete who was caught raping an unconscious woman behind a dumpster. His sentencing – significantly less severe than the two-year minimum prescribed by state law for his felony offenses – has outraged the nation, directing attention to presiding Judge Persky’s possible bias as a former Stanford star athlete himself. Turner’s father made things even creepier by saying the convicted rapist is the real victim here, calling it a “steep price to pay for 20 minutes of action.” We had no idea sentencing was determined by how long a crime took! So keep your felonies under five minutes, folks.
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