Court documents reveal the reasoning behind Judge Aaron Persky‘s sentence toward former Stanford swimmer Brock Turner, including the fact that Persky followed a recommendation from the Adult Probation Department.
Persky’s sentence was criticized by some as overly lenient, but the judge laid out his rationale before announcing the sentence, per court documents.
The Business Insider reports on the newly-released court documents, which includes a quote from Persky on his reasoning for the decision. Per The Business Insider:
Before announcing the decision, Persky read from a statement made by the anonymous victim, referred to as Jane Doe. He acknowledged how the assault damaged her life – but some sections she wrote, in particular, resonated with Persky:
“So, as she writes, ‘the damage is done,’ The role of the Court at sentencing is to essentially follow the road map that our system of criminal justice sets out for the Court in sentencing decisions. It’s not completely an unbridled discretion. It is constrained by factors that are contained in the Rules of Court. And so I’ve tried to do that to the best of my ability. And my tentative decision is to grant probation, as recommended by the Adult Probation Department, with the defendant to serve six months in county jail and to comply with the recommendations of probation as contained in the report, as will be slightly modified.”
Turner was convicted this spring of three sexual assault charges, and was sentenced to six months in jail just a few weeks ago.