Judge In Brock Turner Case Has Ruled In Favor Of Athletes Accused Of Rape In The Past
Aaron Persky, the judge who handed ex-Stanford swimmer Brock Turner a mere six months for sexually assaulting a woman behind a dumpster, was involved in another rape case involving athletes. Would it surprise you to know that he made several rulings that went in in favor of the male athlete defendants?
In 2011, a group of baseball players from De Anza Junior College went on trial for allegedly raping an intoxicated 17-year-old girl who had passed out at a party. Persky presided over that trial. New York Daily News:
The controversial calls came during a 10-week civil trial that ended with a handful of private settlements and the jury letting two defendants off the hook, lawyer Barbara Spector told the Daily News.
"The scope of the judge's discretion was very wide. Having said that, I felt overall the decisions he made favored the defendants more than the plaintiff," Spector told The News.
In one such ruling, Persky allowed lawyers for the baseball players to show Facebook photos of the female plaintiff socializing in revealing clothing more than six months after the alleged sex assault.
In another ruling, Persky allowed one of the defendants to offer evidence on his own behalf during trial after he refused to answer discovery questions by asserting his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.
"I've never had that happen before," Spector said. "In civil cases you prepare based on pretrial discovery. I always cross examine based on discovery to deal with inconsistencies."
De Anza is in Cupertino, CA -- on the San Francisco Peninsula, just south of Palo Alto and Stanford University.
Persky is facing an attempted recall by Santa Clara County residents who have gathered nearly one million online petition signatures from across the country. And earlier today Vice President Joe Biden weighed in on the Turner case, saying that the justice system "had failed" the victim, and that, after reading her impact letter, she has "a steel spine."
From one judge to Aaron Persky: "He just doesn’t get rape as a crime of violence and desecration of the victim." https://t.co/PGX6hr13xo
— Ashleigh Banfield (@CNNAshleigh) June 9, 2016
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