‘A steep price to pay for 20 minutes of action’: Dad defends Stanford sex offender
It seems pretty clear where the brutal rapist Brock Turner learned his values regarding women: just read his Father’s statement. But first, read the powerful statement made by the victim in court just before the judge rendered his slap-on-the-wrist sentence (because a longer sentence would have “a severe impact” on the rapist’s life, and we would not want a rapist to be impacted by his crime, apparently).
Michael Miller reports in the Washington Post:
Public outrage over the lenient sentencing of a star Stanford swimmer convicted of sexual assault has been compounded by a controversial letter written by the athlete’s father.
Brock Turner was convicted in March of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman at a fraternity party in January 2015 at the elite university. He faced up to 14 years in prison. Prosecutors asked for six.
Instead, Turner received only six months in jail and three years of probation after a judge worried that a stiffer sentence would have a “severe impact” on the 20-year-old.
The light sentence drew harsh criticism from prosecutors and advocates and prompted widespread fury on social media.
“His life will never be the one that he dreamed about and worked so hard to achieve,” Dan A. Turner wrote in a letter arguing that his son should receive probation, not jail time. “That is a steep price to pay for 20 minutes of action out of his 20 plus years of life.”
“He will never be his happy go lucky self with that easy going personality and welcoming smile,” the letter says, noting that the former Olympic hopeful is now a registered sex offender.
In an interview with The Washington Post early Monday morning, Santa Clara District Attorney Jeff Rosen confirmed that the letter had been submitted to the court before Turner’s sentencing last week and criticized the letter for reducing a brutal sexual assault to “20 minutes of action.” He also slammed Turner and his father for refusing to own up to the crime.
“To this day, the defendant denies what he did,” Rosen said, adding that Turner “preyed upon” his victim and displayed violence. . .
A six-yea sentence seems about right. A six-month sentence illustrates white male elite privilege. Think what the sentence would have been if the rapist were poor and Hispanic or African-American. I think it would have been more than six months.