Prosecutors' call for 'substantial prison term' for Stanford sex attacker ignored

After former Stanford University student Brock Turner was convicted in March of three felony counts of sexual assault, the judge had to decide his punishment.

Turner, 20, faced a maximum sentence of 14 years in prison. But a probation officer assigned to the case recommended that Turner be given a "moderate" jail term followed by probation.

Prosecutors pushed back vigorously, saying Turner deserved six years in state prison.

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On June 2, Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron M. Persky sentenced Turner to six months in jail and three years of probation. Turner must also register as a sex offender. The sentence provoked an uproar in California and beyond.

Court records released on Friday include the prosecution's 28-page memo to Persky.

In it, District Attorney Jeffrey F. Rosen and Deputy District Attorney Alaleh Kianerci argue that Turner should be given a "substantial prison term".

They wrote: "Ultimately, the fact that the defendant preyed upon an intoxicated stranger on a college campus should not be viewed as a less serious crime than if he were to assault a stranger in Downtown Palo Alto."

- Washington Post

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