Brock Turner is innocent, claimed one of his friends to the judge against his light sentence of six months in jail. In the latest update in Stanford’s Brock Turner case, his friend Leslie Rasmussen pleaded in a letter that her childhood friend Turner didn’t rape the victim in the Stanford incident that happened last year. Instead, she felt that her friend became a victim of political correctness.
Leslie wrote a letter to the judge to defend her friend Turner, saying that it’s unfair to determine the fate of her friend for the next 10+ years based on the decision of a girl who was also drunk on that same night.
She drew attention of both media and police by writing in the letter, “Where do we draw the line and stop worrying about being politically correct every second of the day and see that rape on campuses isn’t always because people are rapists?”
In her statement to the court, she also mentioned that her friend Turner, who used to be a ‘swim star’, is now the face of rape on the school campus. She called the convicted “respectful and caring, talented, and smart enough to know better.”
Her comments favoring the accused in the Stanford rape case have spurred public indignation. She, however, quickly issued an apology letter to the public via her Facebook account by admitting that although she knew Turner well, she wasn’t present at the spot on the night the alleged incident took place. “I had no right to make assumptions about the situation,” she wrote, according to Edition.
Brock Turner, on the other hand, also issued a letter to the public in which he defended himself by describing the events that unfolded on January 17, 2015. He wrote, “I know I never raped anybody,” but he made it a point to apologize to the victim for hurting her emotionally. He made more claims by mentioning that the victim gave a positive response to his advances and both were under the influence of alcohol when they decided to get intimate.
In the Stanford rapist case, Turner has been issued six months of jail sentence. He will serve three years of probation as well. Nonetheless, the minimum six-month sentence compared to the 14-year maximum sentence for rapists has triggered widespread anger among the public, notes Mashable. Also read this story about two sisters, one of whom tried to kill the other by plunging the car into a cliff.