Santa Clara, CA --- Persky Recall Campaign Chair Michele Dauber issues the following statement in response to the probation manager requiring Brock Turner to return to court and ordered to attend drug and alcohol counseling sessions as a part of his probation.
“The actions by the probation manager provide further evidence of Judge Aaron Persky’s abuse of discretion when sentencing Brock Turner to a mere six months to county jail, of which he will serve three months. It was clear that Brock Turner was lying to the court when he denied having used illegal drugs or engaged in party culture prior to coming to Stanford. The facts about his alcohol and illegal drug use were fully known to Judge Persky before he sentenced him. In fact, the DA cited it as a reason to deny leniency. Turner had a prior arrest for being a minor in possession of alcohol and when he was stopped by the police, he ran away -- just as he ran away from the scene of the sexual assault when confronted. Turner had an extensive history of using illegal drugs. Yet Turner repeatedly misrepresented to the court that he had never used illegal drugs and was inexperienced with partying. This was false, and Judge Persky knew it was false. Yet the judge still bent over backwards to award Turner a sentence that was far below the wo-year statutory minimum for his crime.
Inexplicably, Judge Persky found that Turner not only had good character, but that he ‘complied with social and legal norms sort of above and beyond what normal law abiding people do.’ But normal law-abiding people do not lie to the court nor do they sexually assault unconscious women behind dumpsters. We are outraged by Judge Persky’s decision and believe the voters of Santa Clara County should have the right to decide whether he should continue to serve on the bench over the next six years.”
The Associated Press reports that the probation manager will be required Turner to be returned to court and ordered to attend counseling sessions. The probation manager was reported to state in an email that the department doesn’t “want to be placed in a position in the event we violate him for positive tests and his attorney argue we never modified probation to include counseling.”
The AP reports that Judge Persky will not handle the change in Turner’s probation terms. No court date was mentioned.