The Brock Turner rape case has outraged the public following the judge’s verdict of six months in county jail. Now that Turner’s mugshot has been revealed, albeit a bit late, the bigger question now is, how far did privilege take him?
Turner Blames Rape Victim
Last Thursday, Santa Clara County court convicted Brock Turner to six months in county jail, which sparked backlash from the public. In fact, the decision could be reduced further to three months if he shows good behavior.
However, several reports highlight that most people do not agree with the sentence, because three counts of felony sexual assault should bring a maximum of 14 years in state prison. The prosecution requested for six, but this was unheeded, as the rape case now highlights horrific details in the system and of privilege.
According to Yahoo, there are several factors that makes the rape case even more questionable than how it already appears. First, the media has difficulty reporting rape cases, especially during the trial period, thus journalists use connotations “alleged rapist” or “had sex with.” Some referred to the girl as the “rape victim,” while Turner was referred to as “former Stanford swimmer.”
There’s also the fact that Turner seemingly blamed the victim for what had transpired. The victim already made it clear that she wanted an apology, but Turner “turned” things around and repeatedly claimed she was to be blamed for being raped. In fact, he also said in court that he wanted to start an initiative about teaching students on the dangers of binge drinking.
Turner’s Sentence and Mugshot
There was also the justification from Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky that Turner was “a good guy,” thus the sentence. The judge said he considered how “remorseful” Turner was, including his lack of criminal background and his character references.
There was also the question of why Turner’s mugshot did not surface as quickly as that of other trial stories. Several news agencies and online publications were looking for the mugshot, including who should be responsible for it, but the photo only turned up recently. Social media was abuzz about it. Nonetheless, the sheriff’s office clarified the matter.
“The Sheriff’s Office will release booking photos of arrests made by the Sheriff’s Office that do not jeopardize the successful investigation and prosecution of the individual,” The Washington Post quoted the office.
“Booking photos of people arrested by other law enforcement agencies will not be released.”