There was near universal outrage when Santa Clara County Judge Aaron Persky decided to sentence rapist Brock Turner — who was found guilty of assault with intent to commit rape of an intoxicated or unconscious person, penetrating an intoxicated person with a foreign object and penetrating an unconscious person with a foreign object – to a paltry six months in county jail. The latest update, via the Daily Dot, is that Turner has already had his punishment cut in half to three months “for good behavior” – because he is “unlikely to misbehave behind bars – and is due to be released on September 2. Here’s a screenshot of his inmate details from the Santa Clara County Jail:
The prosecution originally asked the judge to sentence Turner to six years in jail for the three felony offenses, making three months only four percent of the original recommended sentence. This is tough to swallow when you consider that Turner has not taken full responsibility for his actions, instead blaming alcohol and the college party culture in his statement to the court. In fact, Turner has not even acknowledged that he committed sexual assault – the closest he’s come has been an alleged statement to his probation officer, where he apologizes for the impact his actions had on the victim. But these are still “actions” that he blames exclusively on being intoxicated. It is no wonder that many worry Turner will be a repeat offender.
Speaking of which, in his impact statement to Judge Persky, Turner claimed he was inexperienced with alcohol before that night, writing: “…coming from a small town in Ohio, I had never really experienced celebrating or partying that involved alcohol.”
But according to information and evidence provided in Posecutor Alaleh Kiancerci’s sentencing memo, that is utterly untrue. According to the San Jose Mercury News, which obtained a copy of the memo, Turner’s own texts, cellphone photos and videos indicate he had been an active participant in the party culture he claims were so unfamiliar to him. For example, here are details from the sentencing memo about some of the partying Turner was doing one month prior to the assault:
“Video depicting the Defendant smoking from a bong and drinking out of a bottle of liquor immediately after taking a ‘bong hit,’ which was captured on the Defendant’s phone on December 27, 2014.”
“On December 18, 2014, he sent a message to (a friend) that stated, ‘Do you think I could buy some wax so we could do some dabs?’ Dabs are a highly concentrated potent form of marijuana that is a THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) concentrated mass. They are most similar in appearance to either honey or butter, which is why it is referred to or known on the street as ‘honey oil’ or ‘budder.’ Dabs are an increasing problem on campus and with teens as an alternative way to ingest marijuana.”
“The text messages also referenced doing acid or trying to find a ‘hook up’ to purchase acid both in high school and while at Stanford. On December 24, 2014, someone sent a message to Turner stating, ‘I’ve got a hankerin for a good acid trip when we get back. Turner responded, ‘I’m down for sure.’ On July 25, 2014, while still in Ohio, the Turner sent a text message to another friend saying, ‘Oh dude I did acid with … last week.’ The friend then bragged about ‘candyflippin’ the prior week, which he explained was taking LSD and MDMA together. He responded, ‘I gotta (expletive deleted) try that. I heard it’s awesome.'”
In other words, Turner lied to the judge about his drug and alcohol history, and the judge had that information and STILL gave him a lenient sentence. HOW SWAY?
There is some justice however. Brock Turner will be listed as a sex offender for the rest of his life, and that has definite consequences in terms of where he allowed to live and where he seeks employment. In addition, according to CNN, yesterday USA Swimming, the governing body for the sport, banned him for life. That doesn’t mean Turner is not allowed to get in a pool again, of course – “NO BUTTERFLY STROKE FOR YOU!” – but it does mean he’s ineligible for membership and won’t be able to swim in any of its events.
“USA Swimming strictly prohibits and has zero tolerance for sexual misconduct, with firm Code of Conduct policies in place, and severe penalties, including a permanent ban of membership, for those who violate the Code of Conduct,” the organization said in a statement.
Hey, maybe the hex that witch’s coven put on Turner is starting to work?
Photos: Santa Clara County Jail