It only took two days of deliberation. The 12-member jury made up of mostly men reached a swift consensus: 20-year-old Brock Turner was guilty on all three counts of sexual assault.
But what happened next simply did not match up with this unanimous decision. The judge handed down a paltry six month sentence to Mr Turner, convicted of raping an unconscious young woman beside a dumpster. And with a release date scheduled for September 2, he will only serve three months in a county jail. He had been facing up to 14 years.
An anonymous male juror, furious at the light sentencing handed down to Mr Turner, has penned a blistering public letter to Judge Aaron Persky, revealing some of the goings-on behind the closed doors of the jury room. He is the first of the 12 jurors to speak out about the trial.
“The predominantly male jury reached consensus of guilt on all three counts within two days of deliberation. In light of that quick and decisive finding, I was absolutely shocked and appalled when I heard on June 2 about the minimal sentence you announced that Mr. Turner would serve,” the self-described ‘Concerned Juror’ wrote in the letter obtained by Palo Alto Weekly.
— Palo Alto Weekly (@paloaltoweekly) June 14, 2016
He said he initially reluctantly undertook his jury duty but that “once in the box, I took my civic responsibility very seriously.”
“Personally I have absolutely no doubt that Mr Turner is guilty as charged and as convicted on all three counts,” he wrote.