Two Stanford cyclists approached a suspicious situation where they eventually discovered that a man was raping an unconscious woman behind a dumpster. The perpetrator, Brock Turner, ran off but was tackled down by one of the two Stanford cyclists.
Luckily, bystander intervention proved to be beneficial in this situation.
The justice system has been facing heat due to the minimal sentencing that was given to the perpetrator. Turner was facing 10 years in prison but it was reduced down to 6 months in the county jail. The judge took in consideration Turner’s age and how detrimental it would be for the perpetrator to in prison that long
Turner’s dad wrote a public letter after the victim wrote a letter to the perpetrator, “A steep price to pay for 20 minutes of action”
The judge who sentenced Turner can only be recalled by registered voters in Santa Clara.The county district attorney who represented Turner’s victim tersely criticized Persky’s decision on sentencing, saying, “The punishment does not fit the crime.”
There are many factors that are shedding light on this issue. Not only is the judge facing heat but individuals are outraged about how a perpetrator who was African American faced the longer sentence. Brian Banks, an ex-NFL player, served 5 years in prison for a rape he didn’t commit
When Brian Banks was asked about his opinion on this situation, he stated he was disgusted by this. The system boils down to privilege. It’s based on economical background, lifestyle, upbringing. Brock was sentenced based on his lifestyle (Brian Banks Interview)
The victim asked in her letter, “if the rapist was someone from a community college or from an underprivileged background, would the punishment be different?”
Jeffrey Toobin, a CNN senior legal analyst, stated “That’s the core of the outrage.A lot of People believe that sentences are too long. Criminal system should .treat similar offenders similar ways. If most rapists are getting 10 years, a Stanford rapist should get ten years”
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