Turner will walk free today.
If you followed the horrifying events of the Brock Turner rape case earlier this year, chances are you’re still trying to pick your jaw up off the floor after hearing Turner’s sentencing.
The 20 year-old ex Stanford star swimmer was discovered raping an unconscious woman behind a dumpster on campus in January this year, and shockingly walked away with just a six-month sentence, a lenient ruling his father nevertheless proclaimed was “a steep price to pay for 20 minutes of action out of his 20 plus years of life.”
Turner’s lack of remorse or accountability for his crime, which was highlighted in a letter he read aloud during the hearing explaining the negative ways his life had been impacted by the publicity surrounding the case, combined with the judge’s slap-on-the-wrist ruling, sparked public outrage and a petition asking for the judge to be stood down.
And now, in a disturbing twist of events, it looks like Turner’s father will get his wish for a softer penalty for his son’s crime.
After serving just half of his six-month sentence, Turner will be released from Santa Clara County Prison today; a common occurrence in the overcrowded institution for inmates who maintain a clean record, and something that was always on the cards given Turner’s judge, Aaron Persky, ruled that “a prison sentence would have a severe impact on [him].”
To put that in perspective, that’s just one 24th of the recommended six-year sentence the prosecutor for the victim was pushing for.
This comes just weeks after another star male athlete, former Massachusetts basketball player 18 year-old David Becker was given just two years probation for sexually assaulting two unconscious women at a party. The ruling essentially ensures Becker will never spend a single hour in prison, provided he stays away from the victims and maintains a drug and alcohol-free record.
At 10am when Turner is released, the Recall Judge Aaron Perksy campaign group, which now amasses thousands of members, will hold a rally in front of the Santa Clara Hall of Justice, next door to the prison where Turner is currently being held.
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