Here's Proof Brock Turner's Lawyers Tried To Use Alcohol To Excuse Rape
Brock Turner is internet famous.
You see his name — or that blue-eyed, dead blank stare — pop up on your news feed, and you instantly remember what he did.
You recall the injustice, what his father said about the whole thing and the insanely light prison sentence, riddled with white privilege and daddy's lawyer money.
But perhaps most frustratingly, you recall the bone-chilling letter addressed to Turner from his victim.
In this letter, the victim, known in court documents as Jane Doe, alluded to Turner's defense team blaming her actions for the events that occurred on campus that night. She regurgitated a list of questions the defense team asked her, including:
Did you drink in college? You said you were a party animal? How many times did you black out? Did you party at frats? Are you serious with your boyfriend? Are you sexually active with him? When did you start dating? Would you ever cheat?
Alluding to a victim's personal life is the biggest injustice you can do to the crime at hand.
It's easy for Turner supporters (are there even any?) to make light of the situation and claim the victim exaggerated these questions. But, newly released records show that making the victim out to be a "party animal" was exactly what Turner's defense team intended.
According to The Guardian, transcripts of the hearing reveal Doe really was asked these questions and much worse. After pestering the victim about her personal choice to drink vodka, Turner's lawyer added:
Like, chugged it. And that was a decision you made, right?
The transcripts also confirmed prosecutors asked the victim about her history of blacking out and made her describe the dinner she chose to eat that night, which they alluded may have also been a poor personal decision on her part to — for lack of a better word — warrant the assault.
Despite the clear intent of victim blaming and the fact two witnesses caught Turner on top of the motionless victim in person, the judge still only decided on a six-month jail sentence for Turner. The light sentencing has sparked national outrage over the case.
But if you're ever truly feeling like the world is terrible and justice is but a dwindling concept in America, remember, again, Brock Turner is internet famous. You know the face. You know the name.
And hopefully, no one will ever forget it.
Citations: Brock Turner's Lawyer Tried to Blame the Victim's Drinking During the Stanford Rape Trial (Mic.com), Stanford sexual assault victim faced personal questions at trial, records show (The Guardian)