On January 18th, 2015, 20 year old Brock Turner, former Stanford swimmer, was arrested on five charges of rape, for raping an unconscious female after a party behind a dumpster. When police arrived they found Turner pinned down by two Swedish graduate students, Carl-Fredrik Arndt and Peter Jonsson. After his trial in March of 2016 was convicted of three cases of sexual assault . These charge have a maximum 14 year sentence, however, Judge Aaron Persky sentenced Turner to six months in prison and three years of probation, however, new reports suggest that Turner could be released after serving half of his sentence. Judge Persky's “lenient” sentencing has sparked national and international rage, from Congressman Ted Poe calling the sentence ‘pathetic’ while speaking to the House of Representative, to 1.1 million signing the change.org petition to “Remove Judge Aaron Persky from the Bench For Decision in Brock Turner rape case.”. The outcry that this case has sparked has been unprecedented, …show more content…
Turner’s ‘20 minutes of action’ was rape. That is not something to take lightly. Turner is not the victim here. Turner sexually assaulted a woman, lied about his experience with drugs and alcohol, and possibly shared a photo of the victim's breasts, but his six months (although really three month) sentencing is too much for the rapist? I understand Turner’s father loves his son dearly, but showing no remorse, no apology to the victim or family is disgusting. His son is nowhere near the maximum sentencing, and pleading for a lighter sentence is almost disrespectful to the victim and all rape victims. Initially Turner’s case was just another example of how rape is not taken seriously in the U.S. judicial system, however, the outcry that came with it, especially after his father’s letter, has the potential to show that rapist will be punished as they should
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The article I read was called “Weekends in Jail for Rape? Why people get sentenced to ‘weekend jail’ by Corey Johnson” This article starts off with Molly Shattuck who raped a 15-year old boy in Georgetown, Delaware. The former Baltimore Ravens cheerleader walked out of the courtroom last week even after raping a 15-year old. She was only sentenced to “48 alterning weekends at the SussexVilation of Probation Center.”
Society is dissatisfied due to the evolving violent crime rate since the 80s’, therefore, courts have been providing and urging longer sentences and harsher punishments for criminals to keep them from committing more crimes. Ultimately the majority agrees that before applying the harshest penalty of life without parole, the judge must at the very least consider all the circumstances that have led up to the juvenile committing the crime no matter how horrific in nature. “The Eighth Amendment’s prohibition of cruel and unusual punishment ‘guarantees individuals the
In the January 29, The Stanford Daily editorial Stanford, California, it debates the different essential of the principle of morality and identified Brock Turner had applied a use of force in raping an unconscious woman behind the dumpster. Furthermore, the young man attended Stanford University and participated in his college swim team dreamt of partaking in the Olympus. The victim heartfelt statement during the trial is disregarded because he comes from a class of privilege and is a man. Not to mention, Brock Turner’s father wrote a letter to expressing the universalizability to court saying, “my son’s life shouldn’t be ruined over 20 minutes of action (Dreher,Rod).” Therefore, Aaron Persky who is a California judge implemented an ethical decision that contemplated the clarity around both the specific choice and decision then declared a six months sentenced ruling.
On January 18, 2015, two graduate students were biking at Stanford University when they saw a man raping an unconscious, half-naked woman behind a dumpster. The man saw the bikers and attempted to run away, but the bikers chased him down and tackled him. They called the police and the man was arrested. The man was Brock Turner, a freshman swimmer at Stanford University. He was intoxicated but told police he remembered everything.
The quote, “The more things change, the more they stay the same” can apply to many controversial topics, especially to the case of Emmett Till. In this case, two white men mercilessly tortured and murdered a young African American, Emmett Till. The result of this case ended up letting the two murderers free without any charges. Many people have found this as an act of injustice. According to Lester Banks,”The world will regard America’s sense of justice as a hollow mockery if the white men who brutally lynched young Emmett Till in Mississippi are not punished”(PBS).
To be convicted of not one, but three sexual assault crimes and only see a jail cell for ninety days is not enough. Brock Turner only received ninety days with all the evidence stacked against him because the court used the sentencing period based on Turners best interest. Although court documents also noted that this minimum recommendation was not significant especially under the circumstances of this case. The court documents notice that this sentence was usually for those who took responsibility within a plea and with this sentence rape culture on college campuses would be further strengthened ("COURT DOCUMENTS: STANFORD RAPE CASE", 2016). This shortcoming has been noted in the justice system and the reason for Restorative Justice formed by Mary Kross.
Occasionally, there are circumstances involved that may cause innocent individuals to be punished for crimes they did not commit. This paper will explore jurisdiction, plea deals, and exonerations. Jurisdiction The Steubenville High School rape case occurred on August 11, 2012 in Steubenville, Ohio. The case
I choose this case because judicial bias is an awful thing and no judge should be biased. In January 2015 a prior student at West Chester University in Pennsylvania was found guilty of rape and was sentenced to six years in prison. This person was charged six years of prison while Turner was sentenced to six months in jail. They both were found guilty and yet the other person had six times the sentence Turner got. It should not matter if the person is rich or poor, very influential in the community or not, you always need to judge a case by the evidence that is shown.
In the book, Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in College Town, by Jon Krakauer, the reader delves into how rape and sexual assault are treated in the town of Missoula, and the University of Montana. As the reader, we are informed on how the university, the police department, the district attorney’s office, and the community reacted to these rape and sexual assault allegations. We see how the criminal justice system has failed the victims, and are forced to live with what happened to them, while their assailants are free of any burden. The law is set in place to protect people from victimization, but when the men, in this book, are not legally held accountable, then any woman, or man, is more susceptible to victimization. It is interesting
The criminal just system failed Marlina Medrano in so many ways. When Medrano contacted the police about be assaulted by Thomas Hartless and he left with a handgun, in my opinion an arrest warrant should have been put out for him due to the facts that (1) he threatened to kill her (2) it wasn’t the first time he threatened her, and (3) he left with a handgun which was a felony due to his prior felony conviction. My thoughts are the criminal justice system failed to protect Medrano as the police knew of all of this and didn’t issue a warrant until 11 days later. When Hartless went to court for this, he pleaded not guilty and was released on his own recognizance.
In March of 2016, a California jury found the former student, 20 year old Brock Allen Turner, guilty of three counts of sexual assault. Turner faced a maximum of 14 years in state prison. Later that March, he was sentenced to six months in county jail with probation. The judge said he feared a longer sentence would have a “severe impact” on Turner, a champion swimmer who once aspired to compete in the Olympics; this was repeatedly brought up during the trial. Brock was then let out of jail after only sentencing 3 months for good
OJ Simpson was an idolized NFL player, actor, and broadcaster. He was loved by all and defied all racial barriers during the 1900s. People didn’t see him for the color of his skin, they saw him as an American hero. This was until June 12, 1994 when Nicole Simpson, OJ Simpson’s ex wife, as well as Ronald Goldman were found murdered. This was the beginning of the end of most Americans respect and adoration for OJ Simpson.
Imagine spending eighteen years of your life in prison for a crime you did not commit. The man who served that time will never get those eighteen years back. That man is Steven Avery. On July 29, 1985, at approximately 3:50 PM, Penny Beerntsen was attacked and raped by a stranger while running along a beach in Wisconsin (Innocence Project, 2016). After she picked her assailant out of a police lineup, he was convicted and sentenced to thirty-two years in prison, and for eighteen of those years, Beerntsen knew that her rapist was behind bars.