By Tatsumi Romano, loveisrespect National Youth Advisory Board member
[Trigger Warning: rape and sexual assault]
By now you’ve probably heard that Brock Turner, a former Stanford athlete, was found guilty for three counts of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman behind a dumpster on campus on the night of January 17, 2015. Two students passing by tried to help the victim and had to tackle Turner to the ground as he attempted to run away from the scene. Despite the traumatizing assault of a woman who could do nothing to defend herself, Turner received a shockingly light sentence of six months in county jail, with the possibility of release after three months based on good behavior.
How’d they do it? How did Turner’s defense team manage to score such a light sentence for their Ivy League client?