"Have we given up on justice?"
These are the words of domestic violence survivor Neha Rastaogi.
In the same courtroom where Judge Persky made his special exception for the privileged Stanford athlete Brock Turner after he sexually assaulted an unconscious woman behind a dumpster almost one year ago, another privileged perpetrator was given a lenient sentence.
Neha thought that with a previous domestic violence charge, recordings of her husband's abusive behavior, and pictures of her injuries, her long nightmare would be over -- but the Santa Clara court system failed her, just as it failed Emily Doe.
Neha's husband was given a plea deal that reduced his charge from felony assault to felony accessory after the fact, with an accompanying misdemeanor of “offensive touching.” The deal includes a six-month jail term but he will serve less than 2 weeks in jail and will have the chance to expunge the felony from his record entirely.
Neha prepared to object the lenient sentence by reading a harrowing victim impact statement -- but in a further slap in the face, Judge Danner wasn't even there to hear it. Danner had scheduled her vacation the same time as the sentencing.
Please sign our petition to #StandWithNeha to urge Judge Danner to listen to Neha's victim impact statement before Gattani is sentenced. With the recall of Judge Persky, we can send a message that violence against women must be taken seriously by the courts.