In January 2015, two Stanford men on bicycles came across a man raping an unconscious woman near some dumpsters. This man was Brock Turner, a Stanford scholar and exceptional swimmer. When the two men found Turner, he bolted from the scene. Luckily, the two men were able to chase him and tackle him down until police arrived. When Turner was brought to court he was charged with assault with intent to commit rape of an intoxicated/unconscious person, penetration of an intoxicated person and penetration of an unconscious person, a sentence that would land anyone up to 14 years in prison. Brock Turner was lucky when the prosecutor asked for a 6 year sentence and even luckier when Judge Persky finally sentenced him six months in jail and three years of probation and that could be reduced to 3 months in jail if Turner showed good behavior. On September 2nd, after serving 3 months in jail, Brock Turner walked out.
Many people are very angry with Judge Persky’s final sentence, after all what Brock Turner did was a very awful thing and there’s no denying that. But we see that Judge Persky shows a great amount of integrity after everything. We see this because this judge was willing to make calls that he thought was fair and right even when people didn’t agree with it. He stood for what he believed in at a moment when it was hard to uphold his beliefs. Gary Goodman of the Santa Clara County Public Defender’s Office was not Brocks attorney, but commented, “You need judges like that who are willing to make that big call. Whether it’s popular or not, that’s what we want from judges. We don’t want somebody who’s going to be affected by the media … by pressure from outside sources.”(Harrison, Gutman, Traynor) This judge shows consistency with his calls and what he believes in and isn’t affected by the media or any other outside sources, which shows he has high integrity. He made this call knowing fully well he could lose his place in the office and cause him public humiliation.