Stanford Rapist* Brock Turner Released After 90 Days
Brock Turner, the Stanford University student who sexually assaulted an unconscious women behind a dumpster and who has shown zero remorse, was released from Santa Clara County Jail after serving a mere 90 days of his six-month sentence. The case became an international cause célèbre after Turner’s victim responded to his sentencing in Buzz Feed which moved Vice President Biden to praise her as a “warrior”. See Brock Turner’s Internet Week.
Turner’s three-month stay for sexual assault is short compared to time served by celebrities from Tommy Lee (114 days for spousal abuse), Martha Stewart (148 days for insider trading), ‘Lil Kim (288 days for perjury) and Mike Tyson (3 years for rape).
The release has put renewed focus on Judge Aaron Persky, who has been forced to transfer to civil cases because of the controversy surrounding his lenient sentence, particularly since evidence has emerged he sentenced a Hispanic defendant for a similar offense to three-years in prison. The Recall Persky Campaign received a boost with LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman contributing $25,000 to a CrowdPac drive supporting the recall.
The release also reopens wounds among sexual assault victims who are disgusted by Turner’s sentence and release.
*Turner was found guilty of assault with intent to commit rape of an intoxicated person, sexually penetrating an intoxicated person with a foreign object, and sexually penetrating an unconscious person with a foreign object. He was not convicted of rape since he did not engage in intercourse with the victim.