The past week has not been a good one for Brock Turner, although the Stanford swimmer received plenty of judicial mercy for someone who raped an unconscious woman next to a dumpster. The internet has certainly ripped him apart, but the guy has little to complain about. Judge Aaron Persky doled out six months in jail, which was all he could stomach for fear of ruining the young man’s life. Turner already felt that he’d be punished forever even as he blamed party culture and alcohol for what he described as a simple lapse of judgment. Turner painted himself as a deer in the headlights of Stanford life and a virtual innocent who was corrupted by booze. He wished to never again experience the taste of alcohol.
Well, some information has surfaced to expose Turner’s lies in the substance-abuse department. CBS News details a prosecutor’s report containing video evidence of Turner smoking bongs a few years before the assault. They dug into his cellphone records and uncovered texts about his love of LSD, drinking, and raging. Ultimately, the records show Turner enjoyed a party lifestyle long before he landed at Stanford. This is a direct contradiction of his act of contrition before the court. His excuse of wanting to fit in and feeling pressured to drink and have sex was already ridiculous. Now it’s clear that he faked a whole lot to impress the judge.
Since two eyewitnesses interrupted Turner’s sexual assault (what his father later called “20 minutes of action”), there was never much doubt that he was guilty of the crime. He still only received a six-month sentence (and will likely see freedom in three months if he behaves). In sharp contrast, a former football player named Brian Banks served five full years for a rape he never committed. Banks, who is black, explained his thoughts on this discrepancy to the New York Daily News in fairly forthright terms: