Brock Turner was convicted in March of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman at a fraternity party in January 2015 at Stanford University. He faced up to 14 years in prison. Prosecutors asked the judge to sentence him to six years in prison. Instead, the judge who reportedly worried that a stiffer sentence would have a “severe impact” on the 20-year-old, ordered him to serve only six months in jail with three years of probation to follow.
The light sentence drew harsh criticism from prosecutors and advocates and prompted a firestorm on social media.
Brock Turner's father, Dan A. Turner, wrote a "pity-party" letter to the Court begging for leniency for an act that Turner called "a steep price to pay for 20 minutes of action." He decried the fact that Brock would be a registered sex offender for the rest of his life. The letter was widely criticized as oblivious, "tone-deaf" and "impossibly offensive." Download Letter-from-Brock-Turner-s-Father
Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen called the victim's Victim Impact Statement, delivered in a packed courtroom in Palo Alto “the most eloquent, powerful and compelling piece of victim advocacy that I’ve seen in my 20 years as a prosecutor,” according to Palo Alto Online. I could not agree more. Download B-Turner Victim_Impact_Statement
Miller, M. E. (2016, June 06). ‘A steep price to pay for 20 minutes of action’: Dad defends Stanford sex offender.'The Washington Post. Retrieved June 06, 2016, from http://wpo.st/Fw-e1
Recall Effort: The Guardian (U.S. online edition) reports efforts by a Stanford law school professors to initiate a recall of the judge. Levin, S., & Walters, J. (2016, June 6). Judge in Stanford sexual assault case faces recall effort over light sentence. The Guardian, U.S. Edition. Retrieved June 7, 2016, from http://tinyurl.com/jpzv5na