Law & Order SVU: Brock Turner Inspired Episode Expected, Justice On TV instead?

Law & Order SVU: Brock Turner Inspired Episode Expected, Justice On TV instead?
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Brock Turner’s early release, even after being convicted of three felony sexual assault charges, shocked the entire nation. The much awaited “Law & Order: SVU” Season 18 is expected to cover the case in some way over the upcoming season.


Fans are patiently waiting for the series to unveil what jaw-dropping events it would cover in the upcoming series, besides become more impatient by the day over the return on Lieutenant Olivia Benson.

In March, former Stanford University student Turner was convicted of sexual assault charges after sexually assaulting an unconscious girl behind a dumpster. The case gained national importance after the victim’s open letter about her plight went viral.

Also Read: Brock Turner Rape Victim: Will She Ever Come Out?

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Turner’s early release and light sentence have also drawn a furore and even demands for Judge Aaron Persky’s removal from office. Turner has served only three months of his six months sentence, although his charges entailed him to 14 years in prison.

“It is a phenomenon,” the Huffington Post quoted Julie Martin, executive producer of “SVU,” as saying of Turner’s case. “Unfortunately, there have been several cases like that over the spring and the summer.”

If “Law & Order: SVU” Season 18 covers the case under its various campus sexual assault cases, Mariska Hargitay hinted it would be conceived in a different light. In season 18 Detective Benson would possibly get a similar case to probe and make it right where it went wrong in the real life.

“Can you imagine if Brock Turner ― that makes me cry ― happened with me [Benson]?” Hargitay said. “Like if I was the detective on that case? It could be healing to somebody to see what should happen.”

She added, “[Seeing] justice,” the actress added, “If a judge would do a different sentence. You know that’s healing for people to see the right thing, the just thing happen.”

According to a report by the CNN, Turner, who turned 21 in jail, was released under a law that allows inmates to receive credit on the time served. He must register as a sex offender for the rest of his life and must renew his registration every 90 days.

Although he can now return to his family’s home in the suburbs of Dayton, Ohio, he has 5 days to register himself. On registration, his picture, conviction information and address would be publicly available on Ohio’s sex offender’s registry.

Turner will also require to complete his three years of probation after returning to Ohio, under which he will have to enter a sex offender management programme.

Also Read: Brock Turner September 2 Release Confirmed: Rapist Skips 6 Months In Jail

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  • The Equalizer

    It might feel good to be angry and seek revenge, but this attitude does not address the issue.

    The sex offender law/registry is unfair and probably unconstitutional. Nothing legally or morally justifies taking away anyone’s constitutional rights, publicly shaming them and their families forever, and making their rehabilitation impossible. But that’s precisely what we have done
    with the notorious sex offender registry, which now includes nearly 800,000
    people. 1 in every 318 Americans is now on the registry. Some are for misdemeanor crimes decades ago. This totally ignores whether an individual has been rehabilitated. It is meant to be a lifelong stigma. If lawmakers really wanted to strike a blow for human rights, they’d repeal the
    entire sex offender list. Or replace it with a smaller list of only the most potentially dangerous and violent offenders. We can’t lower taxes without eliminating wasteful spending on programs that simply don’t serve the public effectively. It’s often said we need to lock up only those we are afraid of, not those we are mad at. That’s a matter of simple justice, and may apply even more to those who have served their sentences, and who we would, nevertheless, publicly stigmatize. All said, it costs taxpayers millions and makes things less safe because ex-offenders can’t find work or housing, it was
    an idea not well thought through…