Amazing victim statement

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  1. The Wrong Guy Member

    Judge in Stanford sexual assault case offers first defense of his decision | Associated Press


    A judge who is facing a recall effort over the sexual-assault sentence he gave a former Stanford University swimmer is publicly defending himself for the first time, saying that it's his job to consider lighter sentences for first offenders and that he cannot allow public opinion to factor in his decisions.

    “California law requires every judge to consider rehabilitation and probation for first-time offenders,” Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky wrote in the statement filed with the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters.

    The statement makes no direct reference to Brock Turner. The six-month sentence Persky gave Turner last year spurred outrage and brought on the recall effort.

    It cites a review of Persky's rulings by the Associated Press that found that he followed the recommendations of the parole board in every similar case, suggesting that Turner did not receive special treatment for his status as a white collegiate athlete, as many critics have suggested.

    “As a judge, my role is to consider both sides,” Persky says in the statement. “It's not always popular, but it's the law and I took an oath to follow it without regard to public opinion or my opinions as a former prosecutor.” Persky adds that he “fought vigorously for victims” when he was a prosecutor.

    If approved by the county, Persky's statement will appear on the petitions for his recall, along with a statement filed by his opponents.

    Those opponents, a group led by Stanford University law professor Michele Dauber, filed paperwork Monday with the registrar in the first formal step toward removing Persky.

    The group will have 160 days to gather the nearly 59,000 signatures of registered voters needed to qualify the measure for the ballot next year.

    Turner could have faced up to 14 years behind bars for sexually assaulting the woman who had passed out behind a trash bin near a fraternity house.


    Turner has found Jesus:
  2. The Wrong Guy Member

    Brock Turner, convicted of sexual assault, asks for new trial | CNN


    The former Stanford University swimmer who was convicted last year of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman -- and spent only three months in jail -- is appealing his convictions and requesting a new trial.

    Lawyers for Brock Turner filed an appeal Friday with California's 6th District Court of Appeal, claiming their client was denied due process during his 2016 trial and calling it "fundamentally unfair."

    Turner was charged after two Stanford graduate students witnessed the assault taking place in January 2015 while they were riding bicycles near Stanford. He was 19 at the time.

    A jury in Santa Clara County found Turner guilty in March 2016 on three felony counts: assault with intent to commit rape of an intoxicated or unconscious person, penetration of an intoxicated person and penetration of an unconscious person.

    Key to Turner's request for a new trial is a statement the prosecutor repeatedly made during trial, saying the assault occurred "behind the dumpster."

    The assault, Turner's lawyers argue, did not occur "behind the dumpster." Indeed, the victim was found in a "completely open setting," the appeal states, adding that the implication that the crime occurred "behind the dumpster" prejudiced the jury against Turner.

    That characterization of the crime, "implied an intent on the appellant's part to shield and sequester his activities" and "implied moral depravity, callousness and culpability on the appellant's part because of the inherent connotations of filth, garbage, detritus and criminal activity frequently associated with dumpsters," the document states.

    The appeal also claims Turner was denied a fair trial because witnesses who would testify to his good character were excluded by the court. It also claims the prosecution failed "to present constitutionally sufficient evidence" to support the three counts of conviction.

    Turner's lawyer, Eric Multhaup, said he had nothing to add about "the unfairness of the conviction" beyond the court filing.

    "What we are saying is that what happened is not a crime," John Tompkins, Turner's legal adviser, told KNTV. "It happened, but it was not anywhere close to a crime."

    Turner's trial was thrown into the national spotlight after the victim's wrenching impact statement went viral, then again when Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky gave Turner to a six-month jail sentence, prompting an outcry from critics who said the punishment was too lenient. As a result of the backlash, Persky -- at his own request -- no longer hears criminal cases.

    Turner was released for good behavior after serving just half the sentence imposed. As part of his sentence, Turner must register for life as a sex offender.

  3. Please give him a new trial, it's doubtful he will find another enabling judge especially when his lawyers say it wasn't a crime.
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