The 20-year-old Stanford swimmer gets off with a slap on the wrist despite being convicted of raping his unconscious classmate.
Former Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner has barely served half of his disgraceful six-month sentence after being convicted of raping an unconscious classmate in January of 2015, but this Friday, he’ll be free to go.
The 20-year-old has served three months of his controversial six-month sentence and is set to be released on September 2, according to the Chicago Tribune. Back in June, Turner’s six-month sentence was reduced by two months under the assumption that he would demonstrate good behavior while in jail.
The aftermath of Turner’s case continues to fuel discussions surrounding the way the U.S. Justice System regards rape convictions, particularly those involving high profile men like student-athletes or well-liked members of local communities.
As Turner is released from jail on Friday, a rally will be held next door at the Santa Clara Hall of Justice, where protestors will be calling for the dismissal of Judge Aaron Persky.
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Judge Persky presided over Turner’s case and was infamously lenient in rendering judgement against the convicted felon. Persky was quoted as attributing his leniency to the fact that he felt a prison sentence would “have a severe impact” on Turner. In addition to his jail sentence, Persky was also required to register as a sex offender.
As a result of Turner’s case, a bill proposing mandatory minimum sentences for all instances of sexual assault unanimously passed the California state assembly on Monday.
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