STANFORD, CA - A California judge is now the one being tried, in the court of public opinion. Aaron Persky, a Stanford grad, could have sentenced a former Stanford University swimmer to 14 years in state prison for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman outside a campus frat party 18 months ago. Instead, Brock Turner was sentenced to six months in a county jail and probation.
Alaleh Kianerci is the lead prosecutor on the case. "He was absolutely neutral and fair during the trial. We just don't agree with the sentence.”
The sentence, and the victim`s powerful 12-page letter she read in open court, has sparked a social media firestorm. The same letter has been viewed more than six million times on the BuzzFeed website. She describes being raped, in gut-wrenching detail....and the aftermath.
Kianerci says, “She has given a voice to so many victims of sexual assault who have been silenced.”
The judge, meanwhile, has been blasted as biased. Criticized for ignoring how serious campus sexual assault is. More than a 150-thousand people have signed an online petition demanding Persky be recalled. According to legal analyst, LaDoris Cordell, that`s not likely.
“If that were the case, there would be a lot of judges subject to removal because the public didn't like the sentences the judges gave out."
Convicted rapist, Brock Turner, hopes to win an appeal for a new trial. Regardless of the opinions shared through social media, the decisions made inside the courtroom are the ones that last.