Good for these jurors taking a stand — but is this even legal?!
Now, jurors in Persky’s courtroom are letting him now EXACTLY how they feel…
According to the San Jose Mercury News, Persky has faced a significant backlash from potential jurors this week after he sentenced Turner to just six months in prison — despite the former Stanford University swimmer being convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman behind a dumpster outside a frat party last January.
Jurors in Persky’s court, knowing he is the judge involved in the unjustly light sentence, have been taken aback by the judge, with the newspaper reporting some saying things such as (below):
“I can’t believe what you did.”
As well as (below):
“I can’t be here, I’m so upset.”
It’s gotten SO serious, jurors are refusing to serve in Persky’s court on unrelated cases — and the judge has no choice but to let them walk away!
Turner should have faced up to 14 years behind bars after being convicted of three counts of felony sexual assault; prosecutors were arguing that he spend at least six years in prison.
Persky thought better of it, apparently — and handed down the unbelievably light six-month sentence. To make matters worse, it now appears Turner won’t even spend that much time behind bars.
For the sake of everyone both directly and indirectly connected to this case, maybe it’s best if Persky doesn’t see out his full term on the bench.
Despicable, despicable stuff — and good for the jurors for taking outrage at this judge.