brock turner

People v. Turner, formally People of the State of California v. Brock Allen Turner (2015), was a criminal case filed in Santa Clara County Superior Court which convicted Brock Allen Turner of three counts of felony sexual assault. Turner was a student athlete at Stanford University on January 18, 2015, when he sexually penetrated an intoxicated and unconscious 22-year-old woman (later called "Emily Doe") with his fingers. Turner was caught by two Stanford international students from Sweden, who testified that they intervened because the woman appeared to be unconscious. Turner fled the scene as they approached, resulting in the two apprehending and restraining him until police arrived to take him in custody. The police arrested Turner on Stanford's campus, and booked him into the Santa Clara County jail on suspicion of attempted rape and penetration with a foreign object. He was released the same day after posting $150,000 bail. Turner was indicted on January 28, 2015, on five charges: two for rape, two for felony sexual assault, and one for attempted rape. He was arraigned on February 2, 2015, pleading not guilty on all five charges. On October 7, 2015, after reviewing the results of DNA tests, the two rape charges were dropped by prosecutors. The trial began on March 14, 2016, and concluded on March 30, 2016, with Turner being convicted of the three remaining charges of felony sexual assault. The convictions carried a potential sentence of 14 years in prison. Prosecutors recommended six years in prison while probation officials recommended a "moderate" county jail sentence. On June 2, 2016, Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky sentenced Turner to six months confinement in the Santa Clara County jail to be followed by three years of probation. Additionally, Turner was informed of his life-long obligation to be lawfully registered as a sex offender and furthermore, ordered to complete a state approved rehabilitation program for sex offenders. Immediately after Turner's conviction, widespread public criticism emerged, accusing Persky of judicial bias in favor of male and class privilege, leading to campaigns for his recall or resignation. The Santa Clara County Bar Association and public defenders defended Persky, saying that the sentence was based upon the probation report as well as being consistent with similar cases, and stated that his removal would be a "threat to judicial independence". The victim impact statement to the court was also widely disseminated by international media outlets, fueling a resurgence of the wider debate regarding the prevalence of campus sexual assault overall. Her statement described her suffering in vivid detail, dissecting and criticizing Turner's actions both during and after the assault, and criticizing the probation department's recommendation of a short sentence for Turner. According to Vice News, the case had become "the latest, controversial episode in an ongoing debate sweeping the U.S. about rape culture, privilege in the criminal justice system, and campus safety". On November 1, 2016, Glamour named "Emily Doe" a woman of the year for "changing the conversation about sexual assault forever", citing that her statement has been read over 11 million times. The case influenced the California legislature to toughen sexual assault laws by requiring prison terms for rapists whose victims were unconscious and including digital penetration in the penal code's definition of rape. Wikipedia
The New York Times Wed, 02/07/2018 - 17:56

Stanford Won’t Mark Site of Sexual Assault With Plaque
Stanford University had dismissed the victim's suggested wording for the engraving and proposed alternate quotations, including the phrase "I'm O.K., everything's O.K."
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HuffPost Wed, 02/07/2018 - 02:05

Judge Who Sentenced Brock Turner To Face Recall In June
"Brock Turner’s victim Emily Doe wrote that when she learned that Judge Persky had sentenced Turner to only a few months in jail she was ‘struck silent.’ Today the voters of Santa Clara County spoke up loud and clear."
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The New York Times Sat, 02/03/2018 - 19:51

Activists Try to Recall Judge in Stanford Sex Attack Case. Some Say They’ve Gone Too Far.
The Brock Turner sexual assault case drew national outrage. Now, the effort to recall the judge has revealed sharp political fissures within activist circles.
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The Age Tue, 01/30/2018 - 11:21

Why not everyone loves Judge Rosemarie Aquilina
She's been hailed a hero for her sentencing of serial sexual predator and child abuser Larry Nassar, and her empathetic remarks to victims, but others have questioned her impartiality writes Clementine Ford.
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Washington Post Mon, 12/25/2017 - 07:16

Analysis | Even in 2017, we can’t agree: Is ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ ‘a little rapey’ or innocuous?
Time for heated holiday debate over whether “Baby It’s Cold Outside” is genuinely problematic or just innocuous art from another era.
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USA TODAY Sat, 12/09/2017 - 03:45

Some say one false report could cripple the #MeToo movement. Is progress that fragile?
False reports are extremely rare. But they are remembered.
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ABC7 News Tue, 12/05/2017 - 02:59

Push to recall Judge Persky gains steam after Turner appeals
THOUSANDS OF SIGNATURES: The effort to recall the judge who sentenced Brock Turner heated up after the former Stanford swimmer filed an appeal to overturn his conviction.
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