The spotlight has fallen on Brock Turner judge Aaron Persky again as he prepares to sentence a man to three years in prison for a similar sexual assault case.
Raul Ramirez, 32, from El Salvador, is going away in a deal overseen by the judge after he admitted sexually assaulting his female roommate, reports The Guardian.
The sentence is in stark contrast to that of Turner, who was found guilty of three felony counts of sexual assault and, although he could've faced up to 14 years in prison, was given only six months by the judge -- of which he will likely serve three.
Judge Perksy, a Stanford alumnus himself, claimed he gave out such a light sentence because, as he put it, “a prison sentence would have a severe impact on him.”
Stanford law professor Michele Dauber told TheWrap that, if the sentencing goes ahead as planned, it will show that Persky was biased in the Turner case. He said,
If he wasn't, these sentences would look more similar to each other. The crimes are quite similar.
Ramirez was charged with assault with intent to commit rape or other specified forced sexual acts and sexual penetration by foreign object by force, fear or threats.
The major difference between the cases is that Ramirez admitted the charges after his arrest and expressed remorse, while Turner went on trial and continued to blame party culture for what happened.
Dauber added that if Persky had wanted to, he could have easily reduced Ramirez's sentence to that of a probation like Turner's.