It’s the argument of the century, as Brock Turner’s father comes to the rescue, saying that his son should not be punished because he only got “20 minutes of action.” Turner’s father’s statement has fueled concerns over the “lenient” six-month sentence following his alleged attempt to rape an unconscious woman.
20 Minutes of Action
The former Stanford athlete got a six-month jail sentence following his conviction of sexual assault. The verdict, however, did not register well with the public. Adding to that is his father’s letter requesting the court to be lenient about the incident, which caused more public outrage.
“His life will never be the one that he dreamed about and worked so hard to achieve,” ESPN quoted Dan A. Turner in the letter requesting the court grant Brock probation.
“That is a steep price to pay for 20 minutes of action out of his 20 plus years of life.”
Turner’s father also added that “the fact that he now has to register as a sexual offender for the rest of his life alters where he can live, visit, work, and how he will be able to interact with people and organizations.”
Social Media Outrage
According to The Guardian, Brock Turner was sentenced to six months imprisonment and probation for committing sexual against an unconscious woman. The 20-year-old was found guilty of three felonies including assault with intent to rape which placed him against a maximum of 14 years in prison.
However, Judge Aaron Persky granted Turner only three months of a six-month sentence in county jail because he lacked criminal record and has of positive character references. The decision has angered people all over social media. Several Twitter reactions include:
One of the most powerful things I’ve read in a long, long time. Brock Turner should be forced to read it every day. https://t.co/M3yjOloXqE
— Joe Brown (@joemfbrown) June 4, 2016
Brock Turner's victim has lit a fire. It is up to all of us to fan the flames.
— Leslie Grossman (@MissLeslieG) June 5, 2016
Santa Clara District Attorney Jeff Rosen called out Turner’s father for referring to the sexual assault as “20 minutes of action.”
Nonetheless, he did defend Persky over the decision. “While I strongly disagree with the sentence that Judge Persky issued in the Brock Turner case, I do not believe he should be removed from his judgeship.”