Brock Turner, former Stanford student, is expected to be released on Friday after only three months in jail for sexual assault.
The 21-year-old was convicted earlier this year and was sentenced to six months in prison. However, he has now been scheduled to be released on September 2, Santa Clara County jail records said.
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Judge Aaron Persky wrote a six-month punishment for Brock Turner, which attracted widespread outrage. Now, there could be more anger after it was announced he would be out in half that time. The reduction of the prison sentence was due to good behavior, according to reports. Turner has withdrawn from Stanford, blaming his crime on college party culture. Questions still linger regarding his activities after leaving Santa Clara County jail.
Turner’s case has garnered sustained attention. Multiple activists focused on efforts to unseat Persky and investigate previous cases where he had been accused of being lenient towards young athletes. Persky ordered a shorter sentence for the Stanford student, saying a longer sentence would have a “severe impact” on Turner, taking into account his age and lack of criminal history.
Due to this, on June 2016, a Change.org petition was administered to have Judge Perksy removed from his bench. The petition received more than 900,000 signatures. People also used social media to show support for the 23-year-old victim and survivor.
“Judge Persky failed to see that the fact that Brock Turner is a white male star athlete at a prestigious university does not entitle him to leniency,” the petition reads.
“He also failed to send the message that sexual assault is against the law regardless of social class, race, gender or other factors.”
It was last week when Persky was asked to be removed from all kinds of criminal charges.