June 7, 2016

Stanford University Student Sentenced to Six Months For Rape of Unconscious Woman

Carl-Fredrik Arndt (below) and Peter Jonsson (above) are the two Swedish graduate students who caught Stanford swim team member Brock Turner as he raped an unconscious woman on campus on January 18, 2015.

The letter "by Turner's father to the judge, which claimed any jail time would be an excessive price to pay for '20 minutes of action'." is remarkable. It takes seconds to kill a person. What are his ideas on punishment for that?

[From article]
The extraordinary details of how two passing students saved the Stanford rape victim have been revealed - including how one wept as he told police what he had done.
Swedish graduate students Carl-Fredrik Arndt and Peter Jonsson were biking to a party on the Palo Alto, California campus on January 18, 2015 when they saw what they thought was an innocent 'hook-up' behind some dumpsters.
But they realized that the woman was not moving - and approached the man, swim team member Brock Tuner, and discovered that he was raping her.
Their dramatic intervention saved the woman from further harm and when he ran away, Jonsson pursued him, tripped him and pinned him to the ground, holding him until police arrived.
Arndt told how when they went closer to the couple after first seeing them, they knew something was wrong.
'When he got up we saw that she still wasn't moving at all, so we walked up and asked something like, 'What are you doing?'' Arndt recalled in an interview with the Swedish news outlet Expressen on Tuesday.
The two men spoke briefly with Turner, then 19, before he got spooked and tried to run away. Jonsson chased after him and tackled him to the ground while Arndt stayed with the victim and made sure she was alive.
'She was unconscious. The entire time. I checked her and she didn't move at all,' Arndt said in another interview with CBS News.
The two then called 911 and restrained Turner, with help from two other men, until police arrived to make an arrest.
A police report filed in the aftermath of the attack describes how Peter Lars Jonsson, 23, was left so upset by what he had seen, he broke down several times while giving his statement to cops.
Jonsson and his friend Arndt were cycling to a frat party on January 18 2015 when they saw Brock Allen Turner, 20, attacking the 23-year-old woman, known only as Jane Doe.
Turner, who was last week sentenced to six months in jail by a Palo Alto judge, attempted to run but was chased and wrestled to the floor by the Swedes.
[. . .]
In the letter, the woman said she is forever grateful for the actions of the two men, who apprehended Turner after first checking she was still breathing.
'Thank you to the two men who saved me, who I have yet to meet,' she wrote. 'I sleep with two bicycles that I drew taped above my bed to remind myself there are heroes in this story.
'That we are looking out for one another. To have known all of these people, to have felt their protection and love, is something I will never forget.'
When Turner went on trial earlier this year, the two testified in court as key witnesses to the crime.
In March, Turner, from Dayton, Ohio, was found guilty on all three counts of sexual assault.
[. . .]

Critics are calling for Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky (pictured), who was also a student-athlete at Stanford, to be removed from his position for handing down a light sentence to Turner. But he will continue to serve after nobody stood against him in an election for which nominations closed today.

But he escaped with a pretty lenient sentence last week, when Judge Aaron Persky sentenced him to spend just three months of a six-month sentence in county jail.
Those angry with the decision are now calling for Judge Persky to be removed from his position over the sentence.
That now appears unlikely to happen; the deadline passed earlier on Tuesday for a rival to run against him.
Judge Persky was also a student athlete at Stanford, leading to questions over whether he was influenced in Turner's favor by his own experience.
He explained his decision in court documents, saying a longer sentence would have had a 'severe impact' on Turner, the convicted rapist.
The controversy was fueled by the disclosure of the letter written by Turner's father to the judge, which claimed any jail time would be an excessive price to pay for '20 minutes of action'.


'She was unconscious the entire time': Hero tells how he saved the Stanford rape victim as fellow Swedish graduate revealed to have wept after pinning attacker to the ground
Carl-Fredrik Arndt and Peter Jonsson tackled Stanford athlete Brock Turner to the ground when they found him raping a young woman last year
Last week, Judge Aaron Persky sparked controversy when he sentenced Turner to a relatively light six months in jail and three years probation
In interviews after the sentencing, Arndt described coming across Turner and the unconscious woman while biking on campus in Palo Alto, CA
Arndt and Jonsson, Swedish graduate students at the time, immediately knew something was wrong and confronted Turner
When Turner tried to run away, Jonsson chased after him and tackled him to the ground while Arndt checked to make sure the victim was alive
They then stayed with the girl and Turner until police could arrive and police report reveals how Jonsson wept as he recounted what he saw
Both men were key witnesses at the trial and described by the victim as 'heroes' in her impact statement
PUBLISHED: 15:42 EST, 7 June 2016 | UPDATED: 17:37 EST, 7 June 2016

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