A former Stanford University swimmer by the name of Brack Turner was sentenced to only six months in jail with probation after sexually assaulting a woman who was unconscious at the time of the assault. “California lawmakers called it a “shockingly lenient sentence,” and now a bill prompted by turner’s case is heading to California Gov. Jerry Brown” (Shapiro, 2016). Under California law up until this case came into the light, a person can rape an unconscious person and the judge did not have a mandatory prison sentence to give offenders. In other words a person could rape a person and a judge could give them the six months and a few years of probation just like the offender in this case. My question to the class is this, sine the law was not on the books at the time should the judge be ridiculed for sentence he gave Brack Turner? This case will help close loopholes in California law book surrounding unconscious rape victim.
Kamilah Wilingham was at a party with her little sister enjoying themselves. This could have been my sister or yours, my point is this could very well could have happen to anyone of us. This law would have send a message that sexual assault offenders would not get off with just a slap on the wrist. Those who sit in seats of authority have the power to write legislation that judges must obey. In other words there should be laws that prevent judges (like the one in California) from giving short jail sentences for any crime that are punishable by prison. Although tough sentencing does not deter crime it would in fact make sure that criminals are off the streets.
Shapiro, E. (2016). Sex Assault Bill Inspired by Brock Turner’s Stanford Case Moves Forward in California. ABC.New. Com
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