Campaign to remove judge in Stanford rape case gains steam

Posted June 13, 2016

Brock Turner attends court. A petition created by the Stanford Association of Students for Sexual Assault Prevention calls on the university to publicly apologize to survivor Emily Doe, to offer her counseling and other needed services, and to devote more resources to sexual assault prevention.

Court documents also revealed that the incident was not the first time Turner had behaved in an aggressive manner towards women. "That she was naked from the waist down", she says.

Many people in Turner's life sent letters to the judge, begging for leniency.

The case burst into the spotlight after the victim made public a powerful letter to the judge who sentenced her attacker - 20-year-old former Stanford University student Brock Turner - on June 2 to six months in jail on three felony convictions.

The Recall Judge Aaron Persky campaign said media consultant Joe Trippi, campaign strategist John Shallman and pollster Paul Maslin would help secure the signatures and votes required to remove the Santa Clara County judge from the bench next year.

Meanwhile, a group of California lawmakers has joined women's rights advocates in urging action from the agency that investigates judicial misconduct complaints.

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There's an awesome audacity in asking a judge to prioritize the dreams and aspirations of a person convicted of sexual assault.

That sentence - which outraged critics who felt it was far too lenient for the crime - and a wrenching 12-page letter from the victim about the effects of the assault on her made the case a potent symbol of the national issue of campus sexual assault.

In her letter to the judge, Carleen Turner insisted her son "has lived an exemplary life" and was on a path to success at Stanford, all of which she said has been "shattered" by the guilty verdicts. The probation officer wrote that Turner "expressed honest remorse and empathy for the victim", and that he said, "Having imposed suffering on someone else and causing someone else pain - I mean, I can barely live with myself". I hope those fathers will draw a line and teach their boys that it never, ever gets crossed.

"Today I am still sick thinking about it", she wrote.

Brock Turner's arrest mug shot.

He noticed a male subject standing over her (the victim) with a cell phone.

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Poore said, "Sometimes people don't even tell friends, much less the criminal justice system". Audience members will include victims of sexual assault, experts, lawmakers and the families of assault victims.

The commission meets every six to eight weeks and usually decides whether to open an investigation within 60 days of receiving a complaint, agency attorney Victoria Henley said.

"And then, at the bottom of the article, after I learned about the graphic details of my own sexual assault, the article listed his swimming times", the woman said in her court statement. "She's the most wonderful person in the world".

Pomp, circumstance, and protests of campus rape culture.

And the county's public defender, Molly O'Neal, called the sentence "totally fair, not out of line, given his lack of a criminal record", and added that she stood behind Persky because "the judge listened to everyone involved and made a hard call". The friend later tells police Turner "creeped her out" and was "grabby" with her because he was placing his hands on her waist, stomach and thigh while they were dancing.

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