The now-infamous former Stanford swimmer Brock Turner is appealing his convictions of sexual assaults on an unconscious woman with the Sixth District Court of Appeal. You can only imagine the horror the family experienced through this harrowing ordeal and now this is a huge slap in the face to Turner's victim. To imagine someone committing a sick sexual crime like this on a vulnerable woman behind a dumpster, then barely go to jail, and then want his record scraped clean is nothing less of a massive insult to the victim and her family.
Brock Turner was convicted in 2016 of assault with intent to commit rape of an intoxicated woman, sexually penetrating the intoxicated person with a foreign object as well as sexually penetrating an unconscious person with a foreign object.
Turner was found by passersby thrusting his hips on top of an unconscious, partially clothed woman near Kappa Alpha fraternity. The passersby called the police who then grabbed Turner. Since Turner was found guilty of the crimes he must now register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.
Turner was only sentenced to six months in county jail, serving only three of those months before being released.
The case made national headlines due to the seeming imbalance between the crimes committed and the sentence given, which many deemed as far too lenient. The judge who sentenced Turn, Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky is now under fire and a push for a recall is making headway.
The prosecutors of Turner's case claim that he received a fair trial and was convicted in full accordance with the law. They assured the public that any attempt to have his case overturned would be unsuccessful and that the legacy of the victim who raised awareness about sexual assault can never be undone.
One of her most poignant parts of her statement given to the court during his trial said, "You don't know me, but you've been inside me, and that's why you're here today."
The appeal by Turner is a bit of a surprise to many as he would be left open to receive a significantly lengthier prison sentence.
A Stanford law professor, Michele Dauber, who is leading the recall effort said that this is not a case of the judge being unfair or unlawful toward Turner but that the judge was unfair to the victim by sentencing Turner to only 6 months in a county jail.
Since this incident, California Governor Jerry Brown had new laws enacted that required mandatory sentences for sexual assaults and added more clear verbiage to the legal definition of rape, but since the laws were put into effect after Turner's crimes were committed, they could not be applied to his case.
As this case received so much attention initially, it will also receive a great deal of attention and criticism this time around.