So I took a few days to gather my thoughts and to develop another way of approaching my blog and my life. I have long been intrigued by a quote, attributed to Socrates, that the ‘un-examined life is not worth living’.
So I examined and allowed life to take place and then examined some more. Now my thoughts are ready to flow and I hope that you will continue to read them and comment. The first thing that I have to say is that I am “pissed”, to say the least, regarding some of the things going on. In particular, the story about Judge Aaron Persky has put me into a “tizzy” to say the least.
Judge Aaron Persky, who made the controversial decision to sentence former Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner to six months in jail for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman outside of a frat party in January 2015, was given a new six-year judicial term on Tuesday. Although Persky was up for re-election on Tuesday, voting was canceled because he had no challengers.
What kind of world do we live in where an athlete by the name of Brock Turner who was arrested on Jan. 18, 2015, after two graduate students found him on top of an unconscious woman outside Kappa Alpha fraternity at approximately 1 a.m. gets “off light” with 6 months he local jail? Oh sure……. In addition to the 6-month sentence, Brock Turner must also serve 3 years of probation and register as a convicted sex offender for the rest of his life.
I guess this is enough……. right? Wrong. D.E.A.D. Wrong.
January 18, 2015
Two graduate students found Turner raping the woman, who was half-naked, outside a fraternity house around 1 a.m. They chased after Turner and held him down until police arrived. According to the victim, she had decided to accompany her younger sister to a party, though she had initially planned to stay home. After the assault, she woke up at a hospital and learned the details of her assault from the press.
Turner, a then freshman, was arraigned at the Santa Clara County courthouse in Palo Alto, California. According to ABC, he pleaded not guilty to five felony charges, including attempted rape, rape of an intoxicated person, rape of an unconscious person, sexual penetration of an intoxicated woman and sexual penetration of an unconscious woman. He alleged that the two were hooking up at the party and he only fondled her. He was released on $150,000 bail.
Brock Turner attended his preliminary hearing with his defense attorney, Michael Armstrong. Turner again pleaded not guilty, and two charges were dropped: rape of an intoxicated person and rape of an unconscious person. It was decided that he would stand trial for the three other felony counts.
Michele Dauber, a Stanford law professor and friend of the victim, then released the letter Turner’s father, Dan, wrote to the judge ahead of Brock’s sentencing, according to the AP. The message has since been slammed as “tone deaf” by critics. “His life will never be the one that he dreamed about and worked so hard to achieve,” the elder Turner wrote. “That is a steep price to pay for 20 minutes of action out of his 20 plus years of life.”
Poor damn baby and his self serving dreams……… or at least that would be the way that I though…. however, the good Judge Persky agreed at least more than in part with Pappy Turner….. On June 2, Judge Persky sentenced Turner to just six months of jail and three years of probation for his actions. Turner must also register as a sex offender. Persky noted that he came to the decision because of Turner’s clean criminal record and that a harsher punishment would have left a “severe impact” on him. “I think he will not be a danger to others,” Judge Persky said.
Judge Persky said later: