I’ve been following Brock Turner’s sexual assault trial since it started, mainly because reports on the assault were in my face, all the time. The former Stanford University student was convicted and sentenced to six months in jail, three years probation, and would have to register as a sex offender. The sentence drew outrage, with many claiming it was far too lenient. Did race play a role in the sentencing?
Here’s why I ask: in June 2013, Corey Batey was a 19-year-old standout football player at Vanderbilt when he, along with three other football players, raped an unconscious woman in a dorm room. The overwhelming evidence against Batey, which included security cameras showing the unconscious woman being carried into a dorm room and videos of the assault, left no question about his guilt. In April this year, a jury found Batey guilty, and he will serve a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 to 25 years in prison.
Brock Turner was a 19-year-old standout swimmer at Stanford University when he raped an unconscious woman behind a dumpster on campus. His guilt is also not in doubt-two bike riders caught him in the act, chased him down and held him until police arrived. He was sentenced to six months for the assault and will probably be released on good behavior after serving only three months. The facts of the two cases are almost identical to a “T.”
The difference between the two attackers being that Batey is black and Turner is white. The black attacker will spend his prime years serving time for his crime, while the white attacker will be out by summer’s end. It seems to me that the disparity in sentencing for similar crimes against assailants of different races has completely gone to hell. How does it happen that two attackers, convicted of the same crime are sentenced so differently? They are both rapists, and they both deserve maximum sentences. Only in America I guess.
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