PALO ALTO, Calif. — A juror who helped convict a former Stanford University student-athlete of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman thinks the presiding judge’s “ridiculously lenient” six-month jail sentence has made a mockery of the verdict.
The Palo Alto Weekly on Monday published a letter that the juror sent to Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky over the weekend to convey his shock and disappointment over Brock Turner’s sentence.
The man is the first juror to speak publicly about the case. He spoke to the Weekly anonymously to maintain his privacy in a case that has attracted intense media coverage.
In his letter, the juror wrote he expected the predominantly male panel’s “quick and decisive finding” of guilt to yield a sentence severe enough to deter future campus sexual assaults.