Brock Turner, the Stanford University swimmer whose six-month jail sentence for sexual assault kindled widespread outrage, will be released from custody Friday, after serving only half of his term.
Turner was convicted of three felonies in March for the assault of an unconscious woman, known only as “Emily Doe,” behind a dumpster after a party at the Kappa Alpha fraternity house near the Stanford campus.
He was sentenced to six months in jail and three years probation by a sympathetic judge who feared a long prison bid would have an adverse impact on the young student athlete. The judge, Aaron Persky, is currently facing a recall petition.
The Santa Clara Superior Court announced earlier in August Persky was voluntarily removing himself from the civil division and would instead hear civil cases. (RELATED: Stanford Sexual Assault Case Judge Removed From Criminal Court)
Turner’s early release is not necessarily unusual. Inmates who consistently model good behavior are awarded significant reductions in their sentences.
The “Recall Judge Aaron Persky” campaign will hold a rally at the San Jose Hall of Justice Friday at 10:00 a.m. to coincide with Turner’s release. Participants will include Democrat U.S. Reps. Eric Swalwell and Jerry McNerney, local dignitaries, and several victims of sexual assault. The effort is led by Stanford Law School professor Michele Dauber, who chairs the recall effort.
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