Brock Turner, the former Stanford University swimmer who served three months for raping a woman in 2015, is clearly having a tough time facing consequences for his actions.
Two years after his sentencing and testy homecoming in Ohio as a registered sex offender, an attorney for Turner argued that he only had “outercourse” and was unfairly convicted of assault with intent to commit rape. On Wednesday, a California judge upheld the conviction and said it was supported by “substantial evidence.”
Turner was caught making thrusting motions on top of a half-naked, unconscious woman by two Swedish graduate students at Stanford University. The case caught international attention when the Buzzfeed published the anonymous woman’s letter to Turner during the trial.
“You don’t know me, but you’ve been inside me, and that’s why we’re here today,” it began. “We can let this destroy us, I can remain angry and hurt and you can be in denial, or we can face it head on, I accept the pain, you accept the punishment, and we move on.”
Turner chose not to move on, and he’s not the only one facing consequences. Santa Clara County voters in June recalled Judge Aaron Persky, who sentenced Turner to six months in jail and is the first sitting California judge to be recalled in almost a century.
If Persky served six more years in office, he would have received a $150,000 pension for the rest of his life once he turned 70 years old, Mercury News reports. Opponents of the hotly-debated campaign — whose chair Michele Dauber received white powder and a rape threat — immediately vowed to explore ways to limit or altogether ban judicial recalls.
Persky may have to figure out his next steps but thanks to a criminal justice textbook, Turner is immortalized as the definition of rape — appeal or not.