A former Stanford University swimmer, whose six-month jail sentence for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman in 2015 was widely decried as too lenient, is set to be released from a San Francisco-area jail on Friday.
Former Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner will be released on Friday after serving three months for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman near a fraternity party, a sentence that has ignited fierce debate over the way California defines and punishes rape.
A juror in the Stanford University sexual assault case wrote to the judge expressing his disappointment over what was seen by many as a very lenient sentence handed down to former student-athlete Brock Turner.
Students and rights groups plan to demonstrate at Stanford University’s commencement on Sunday to express outrage over the 6-month jail sentence handed to a former student convicted of sexual assault on the California campus, organizers said on Saturday.
When Lauren Chief Elk heard name of the judge in the contentious trial of a former Stanford student who sexually assaulted an unconscious woman something clicked. Five years earlier she had served as a witness in a trial over which Aaron Persky presided that bore striking similarities to the Stanford case.
Senator Barbara Boxer on Tuesday decried a California judge’s decision to sentence a college athlete to just six months in jail for sexual assault, while signatures on an online petition calling for the jurist’s ouster passed 400,000.
Judge Aaron Persky’s decision last week to award former Stanford student Brock Turner six months jail for the sexual assault of an unconscious woman created a firestorm as critics said his punishment was too light.
A petition calling to remove from the bench the judge whose sentencing in a high-profile Stanford University rape case has sparked outrage had attracted close to 100,000 signatures by Monday.