More supportive letters leaked.
Another Letter Has Surfaced in the Stanford Rape Case, and It's From Brock Turner's Ex-Girlfriend
By Chelsea Stone
June 12, 2016 7:39 pm
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In case you missed it, former Stanford student (and talented swimmer, as we've been reminded) Brock Turner was recently given a shockingly light sentence of six months in prison for a horrific sexual assault he committed (though he will likely only serve about half that time). Judge Aaron Persky had said that a harsher sentence would have a "severe impact" on him.
Letters of support for Turner have surfaced over the past week, written by close relatives and friends to Persky. The most recent one to come to light was obtained by the Los Angeles Times and was written by Brock Turner's ex-girlfriend Lydia Pocisk. Her letter describes him as a "kind, loving, respectful, relaxed, silently hilarious, and determined individual."
Pocisk and Turner dated during their junior and senior years of high school, and the two were on the swim team together. She wrote of their relationship, "He never once pressured me into any situation or any decision that I didn't feel true to myself in...He truly made me a better person." Pocisk feels like district attorney Alaleh Kianerci misrepresented Turner during the trial, saying that she used his qualities of being a "relaxed or 'chill' person against him."
"It had been said that due to his calm demeanor, he did not care that this was happening to him, that he intentionally did this, which is simply not the case, he is just very good at being and seeming relaxed," she wrote.
Pocisk concludes her letter by saying that she never would have guessed that Turner would be capable of such a despicable crime: "You would think a close friendship of eight years could predict something like this happening, but the type of person Brock is could never deserve this or do anything he has been convicted of in a thousand of his lives. I have never been so angry with God in all of my life, or instilling such pain on such an undeserving soul."
The letter that kicked off the unprecedented public interest in the case, though, was written by the woman Turner raped, which she read in court prior to Turner's sentencing. An outpouring of support for her spread across social media and caused many to question how our legal system handles cases of sexual assault—Vice President Joe Biden even wrote a letter commending the victim for her bravery in speaking out against her assailant.
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