Convicted Stanford rapist Brock Turner currently sits in jail under protected custody for a six-month jail sentence, which will likely turn into four months for good behavior. Still, the information fount continues to pour, especially when it comes to the letters used by Judge Aaron Persky while determining punishment. Persky, of course, took it easy on the defendant in comparison to other men met with similar charges and a lot less concrete evidence. The verdict is still out on this judge, who has made unfavorable rulings on comparable cases and has been under fire through public outcry and internet petitions calling for his removal from the bench.
All the while, Turner pointed fingers everywhere to explain his actions. He blamed alcohol and party culture while many of his family members and friends argued that he shouldn’t receive jail time. This stance occurred despite police records detailing how Turner may have sent photos of his victim to friends. The very thought erases all notions of remorse, but letters to the court from Turner’s father and mother must have swayed the judge.
Judge Persky even reviewed the letter of Turner’s survivor — who read her account aloud in the courtroom — and decided upon a lenient sentence. This result seems bizarre, especially for those who listened to those same words read aloud on CNN to tearful effect. Well, there’s an even more saddening account that Persky took into account to little effect. The survivor’s sister, who remains unidentified, described how Turner tried to kiss her on the same evening that the assault occurred. Known as “Jane Doe 2,” she later tried to find the victim in the fraternity house but could not, for Turner had already undressed the unconscious woman from the waist down behind a dumpster. The letter from Jane Doe 2 is a harrowing read: