A juror from Brock Turner’s sexual assault case is speaking out — and he’s not happy. The man, who wishes to remain anonymous, lashed out in a letter at Judge Aaron Persky for giving the former Stanford University swimmer a light sentence. Palo Alto Weekly published the letter on Tuesday, June 14.
Earlier this month, Turner, 20, was sentenced to six months in jail and three years’ probation for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman behind a Dumpster in January 2015. (On June 9, it was revealed that Turner would only serve three months and that his expected release date is September 2.)
The sentence has ignited outrage throughout the country. The juror, like so many others, is making his voice heard amid the fallout. “After the guilty verdict I expected that this case would serve as a very strong deterrent to on-campus assaults, but with the ridiculously lenient sentence that Brock Turner received, I am afraid that it makes a mockery of the whole trial and the ability of the justice system to protect victims of assault and rape,” he wrote to Persky. “Clearly there are few to no consequences for a rapist even if they are caught in the act of assaulting a defenseless, unconscious person.”
The juror said he was “absolutely shocked and appalled” by the verdict, and doesn’t believe that the punishment fits the crime. Back in March, he and 11 other jurors found Turner guilty of three felony sexual assault charges.
“It seems to me that you really did not accept the jury’s findings. We were unanimous in our finding of the defendant’s guilt and our verdicts were marginalized based on your own personal opinion,” the juror continued to Persky. “This was my first experience as a juror, and frankly I am disappointed.”
He added to Palo Alto Weekly: “To be honest, I felt that the judge had just ignored much of what the jurors said.”
For now, Turner remains in protective custody at a Santa Clara County Jail. Persky, meanwhile, remains on the bench, though a recall petition against him was launched on Change.org on June 6. It has already received more than 1 million supporters.
Read the juror’s full letter here.
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