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Prospective jurors refuse to serve under judge who gave light sentence to the Stanford Rapist

As many as 10 prospective jurors have refused to serve in Judge Aaron Persky’s courtroom – the judge who gave Stanford Rapist Brock Turner a measly 6-month sentence that he’ll only serve 3-months of.

According to the East Bay Times, as many as 10 prospective jurors have refused to serve in Judge Aaron Persky’s courtroom – the judge who gave Stanford Rapist Brock Turner a measly 6-month sentence that he’ll only serve 3-months of.

The Times’ report says that one prospective juror told Persky, “I can’t believe what you did,” while another juror said, “I’m sorry, I can’t be here,” to which Persky said, “I understand” and dismissed them.

From the East Bay Times:

Persky’s supporters said Thursday that some of the jurors’ protest statements may well have been genuine. But others may have been prompted by a desire to get out of jury duty.

However, the tactic could prove more problematic if it spreads because it could prolong the jury selection process, as it did in this trial.

Judge Persky scrapped a possible 2-year sentence for Turner and instead sentenced him to 6-months in county jail (of which he’ll only serve 3) and 3 years probation. Persky said that Turner’s youth and his lack of a criminal record were “unusual circumstances” that called for mercy.

The sentence sparked a huge outcry from the Internet, especially after the victim’s impassioned, 12-page letter went viral. Stanford law professor Michele Dauber has launched a campaign to have Persky removed from the bench.

Watch Dauber’s appearance on Democracy Now! in the video below:

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  1. Marie Ridgeley

    June 10, 2016 at 3:42 pm

    So, he is looking for pity? Expected no consequences for his disgusting act and altering someone’s life forever? Perhaps his father should be teaching him to take responsibility for his actions rather than minimizing them (twenty minutes of action). It takes a couple of seconds to shoot someone. Would he defend that as well? No logic to this thinking. Both father and son are frightening.

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