Quantcast
Connect with us

Prospective jurors refuse to serve en masse in Judge Aaron Persky’s court over rape sentence

Published

on

Prospective jurors told Judge Aaron Persky this week that they would not serve in a jury in his Santa Clara County Superior courtroom due to a lenient sentence given to former Stanford student Brock Turner.

The San Jose Mercury News reported on Thursday that at least 10 potential jurors spoke out during jury selection for an unrelated stolen property case.

“I can’t be here, I’m so upset,” one person reportedly explained.

ADVERTISEMENT

“I can’t believe what you did,” another prospective juror said, standing up to face the judge.

The judge replied, “I understand,” and excused each of the jurors, according to the paper.

RELATED:
CNN guest: People criticizing Brock Turner’s six-month rape sentence are ‘missing the point’

When handing down the controversial six month sentence in the sexual assault case against Turner, Persky had said that a longer prison sentence would have a “severe impact” on former Stanford swimmer, causing a national outcry.

Over 900,000 people have signed a Change.org petition calling for the judge to be recalled. But experts have said that a recall would be highly unlikely.

ADVERTISEMENT


Report typos and corrections to: [email protected].
READ COMMENTS - JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

Texas conservatives lose their minds after GOP Gov. Greg Abbott mandates masks in public

Published

on

Texas' Republican Gov. Gregg Abbott finally acknowledged that there is a serious problem as COVID-19 takes down the state's population.

It was just a few months ago that municipalities were deciding for themselves when and if they would reopen. But Abbott shut it down, saying that his orders "overrule any local jurisdiction."

In April, "Abbott and the state’s other Republican leaders have blasted local officials in Dallas and Houston for what they called overzealous enforcement of COVID-19 regulations, first zeroing in on Democratically led Harris County’s decision to fine residents for not wearing face masks, a penalty Abbott banned in his April 27 reopening order," ProPublica reported. "The fights came to a head this month with the arrest of a Dallas hair salon owner who refused to shutter her business, an act of defiance that was supported by a right-wing group that launched a GoFundMe campaign a day before she reopened that raised $500,000 before it was disabled."

Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

Unemployment may not return to pre-COVID levels for a decade: Congressional Budget Office

Published

on

On Thursday, Politico reported that it could take a decade for unemployment levels to return to where they were before the coronavirus pandemic, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

"The economic outlook for the next 10 years has 'deteriorated significantly' since the independent budget agency issued its last complete set of projections in January, CBO noted," reported Caitlan Emma. "That illustrates the devastating effects of the pandemic and underscores the reality of a slower economic recovery than the 'rocket ship' rebound predicted by President Donald Trump."

Continue Reading
 

Breaking Banner

Fired SDNY prosecutor to testify before House Judiciary Committee — behind closed doors: report

Published

on

The former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York will testify before the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday, according to multiple reports.

Geoffrey Berman will testify after the bizarre sequence of events that preceded his ouster from the office. AG Bill Barr announced that Berman was resigning, with the SDNY denied. He was then fired by President Donald Trump.

NEW: Fired US Attorney for SDNY Geoffrey Berman will appear next week before House Judiciary behind closed doors next Thursday, according to a congressional aide

Continue Reading
 
 
You need honest news coverage. Help us deliver it. Join Raw Story Investigates for $1. Go ad-free.
close-image