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Judge in Stanford sex assault case called fair, respected

Judge in Stanford sex assault case called fair, respected

The judge in the case (who now faces a recall campaign) said that the requested six-year prison sentence would be far too harsh on Turner.

Judge Aaron Persky sentenced Brock Allen Turner, 20, to six months in county jail for the assault during a fraternity party at the private college on January 18, 2015.

"I don't think it's fair to base the fate of the next 10+ years of his life on the decision of a girl who doesn't remember anything but the amount she drank to press charges against him".

A friend of the family and former federal prosecutor, Margaret Quinn, also wrote to the judge to assure him of Turner's true "nature".

Turner's father has drawn criticism for a letter he wrote in which he seems to dismiss the crime as "20 minutes of action".

The assault happened on campus outside the Kappa Alpha house where two passersby saw Turner having sex with a woman who appeared to be unconscious. District Attorney Jeff Rosen said he does not support efforts to remove Persky from his post but blasted the ruling. "Often it's treated as though, well, she was intoxicated, he was intoxicated, so that's kind of equal conduct in the sentence", she said. He was arrested after two graduate students on bicycles rode up as the assault was taking place near a trash bin, shouted and then tackled Turner when he fled.

Outrage over the sentencing was followed by the release of an emotional 12-page letter the rape victim wrote and read to her attacker in court.

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The victim read a statement during Thursday's sentencing hearing that in part read, "You took away my worth, my privacy, my energy, my time, my intimacy, my confidence, my own voice, until today". Two petitions on Change.org push for a recall of Mr Persky, who is running unopposed for re-election on Tuesday. Prosecutors had asked that he serve six years.

The university says it's a national leader in prevention programs, student training on intervention and support for victims. "He says that Brock's desolation and ruined reputation ".is a steep price to pay for 20 minutes of action out of his 20 plus years of life".

In her statement, the woman described how the attack had left her emotionally scarred and "not want (her) body anymore". The victim responded forcefully in her statement, "You forgot about [my life]".

"In this case, Stanford University, its students, its police and its staff members did everything they could".

"There is still much work to be done, not just here, but everywhere, to create a culture that does not tolerate sexual violence in any form and a judicial system that deals appropriately with sexual assault cases", its statement said. It is clear, too, that Turner's father can not really believe that undertaking any action for 20 minutes (or whatever relative portion of one's lifetime) should not condemn someone's reputation for life.

Persky was the captain of the lacrosse team at Stanford, and critics have suggested he may have identified with Turner, an Olympic hopeful swimmer.

But anchor Ashleigh Banfield made headlines for all the right reasons on Monday night for the way in which she used her cable news platform.


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