Sunday, September 4, 2016


Brock Turner ran after he was caught raping an unconscious woman behind a dumpster by two Swedish students. Turners father wrote a statement to the court stating he thought it was unfair that Brock should be sent to prison for  getting "20 minutes of action" which is the only reason we know Brock Turner's name. The judge appears to have agreed with Turner's father. He gave this rapist 6 months knowing he'd be out in 3 months. Turner went to jail in June and was released on September 2, 2016 --like he was in a time out during on summer vacation. 

This is white male privilege in action. All white people have privilege. But white men must have at least double what white women have considering that out of these three white male rapists, Brock Turner, Austin Wilkerson, and David Becker, Turner is the only one that wound up with any jail time at all.  
Let's look at sentencing of some other "criminals" and compare them to the very white-male-privileged Brock Turner

Marissa Alexander

Alexander fired a warning shot at an abusive ex-husband who had attacked her.  And he had fairly obviously lied about the sequence of events prior to the Alexander firing the warning shot. He changed his story several times before and during court proceedings. 

Alexander was originally sentenced to 20 years in prison, but then she was threatened with 60 years by the recently-voted-out-of-a-job-prosecutor Angela Corey after she won the right to appeal  The 60 year threat worked. Alexander did not go to court but took a plea deal instead where she wound up under house arrest for an additional 2 years on top of three 3 years she'd spent in actual prison.

On a side note, regarding women in prison: 

"Alexander's [original] case is far from unique. The New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, for example, found in a March 2013 study (pdf) that 67 percent of women who were imprisoned in the state for "killing someone close to them were abused by the victim of their crime." In a separate study, 90 percent of women in one New York prison reported experiencing physical or sexual violence in their lifetimes.
According to Chaudhary and Robinson, two-thirds of all women in prison in the United States are incarcerated for non-violent offenses, and 75 percent are survivors of domestic violence whose abusers were given lesser punishments. The authors continue:
  • While white women are more often treated as victims in domestic abuse cases and referred to services for help, women of color end up incarcerated as criminals and now make up the majority of the women in prison." 

Martha Stewart
"In 2004, Martha Stewart was found guilty of four counts of obstructing an investigation into a stock sale and making false statements. She famously wound up serving five months in prison — two months longer than the time Turner served."


Pretty close to the time that Brock Turner was being convicted of sexual assault that wasn't exactly rape thanks an "understanding" judge, Black Lives Matter Activist Jasmine Richards of Pasadena, California was becoming the first black woman in U.S. History to be convicted of felony lynching for trying to help a fellow protester that was being arrested by police.

Richards faced up to 4 years in prison when she was arrested. The minimum number I ever remember hearing that Brock Turner might serve was two years after the actual "rape charges" were dropped, leaving sexual assault charges only. The prosecutor asked for 6 years but the judge, Aaron Perskey, dropped Turner's sentence to 6 months because he was worried about Turner's future.   

Richards was sentenced to 90 days minus time served.

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  • Possessing a crack pipe
  • Possessing a bottle cap containing a trace amount of heroin (too minute to be weighed)
  • Having traces of cocaine in clothes pockets that were invisible to the naked eye but detected in lab tests
  • Having a single crack rock at home
  • Possessing 32 grams of marijuana (worth about $380 in California) with intent to distribute
  • Passing out several grams of LSD at a Grateful Dead show
  • Acting as a go-between in the sale of $10 worth of marijuana to an undercover cop....

These are not typically first offenses, but nor are they isolated cases. The vast majority (83 percent) of life sentences examined by the ACLU were mandatory, meaning that the presiding judge had no choice but to sentence the defendant to a life behind bars. Mandatory sentences often result from repeat offender laws and draconian sentencing rules such as these federal standards for drug convictions

Read More of the list of petty crimes with life sentences attached