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Guess How The Stanford Rape Case Judge Sentenced A Latino For A Similar Crime

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Judge Aaron Persky recently pissed off a lot of people after he gave a very light sentence to Brock Turner, the former Stanford athlete who sexually assaulted an unconscious woman. Just a few weeks after that incident, Persky sentenced another man– this time, a Latino– for a similar crime. He wasn’t as lenient.

Brock Turner was convicted of three counts of felony sexual assault for raping an unconscious woman, which carries a maximum prison sentence of 14 years.

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In 2015, Brock Turner was arrested after two international students found him sexually assaulting a passed out woman behind a dumpster. In March, he was convicted of assault with intent to commit rape of an intoxicated or unconscious person, sexual penetration of an intoxicated person, and sexual penetration of an unconscious person. Turner has refused to take responsibility for raping an unconscious woman, blaming “party culture” instead.

Judge Persky gave him six months in county jail. People were not happy.

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In his decision, Judge Persky said that he chose to give Turner six months in county jail and three years of probation because he didn’t want to further ruin the convicted rapist’s life. The backlash was immediate. A recall campaign to remove Judge Persky from his seat was launched.

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Judge Persky recently oversaw the sentencing of a Latino who committed a similar crime. He sentenced him to three years.

On Monday, the Guardian reported that Judge Persky sentenced Raul Ramirez, a 32-year-old immigrant from El Salvador, to three years in prison for sexually assaulting his roommate. Ramirez admitted to his crime and expressed remorse for his actions, two things Brock Turner didn’t do. The three-year sentence was part of a plea deal, and is the mandatory minimum sentence for that type of crime.

The difference in sentencing shows a clear bias.

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“What’s happened with Mr. Ramirez is standard,” Alexander Cross, a criminal lawyer who was briefly hired by Ramirez’s family, told the Guaradian “The anomaly is the Stanford case.”

To be clear, what both men did is morally reprehensible, and Ramirez’s sentencing isn’t unfair. But what’s truly disturbing and unjust is that Persky went out of his way to protect Brock Turner. It’s also hard to ignore the fact that much like Turner, Persky was a Stanford student athlete.

Sadly, people of color getting the short end of the sentencing stick is very much the norm.

“Whether due to implicit bias or other factors, race still plays a role in sentencing outcomes,” Sentencing Project executive director Marc Mauer, said to the Guardian.

This is a fact. A report by the American Civil Liberties Union found that blacks and Latinos were more likely to receive harsher and longer sentences than their white counterparts. Those same biases have been found in an algorithm used in issuing sentences based on whether a person is likely to commit crime again. When even computers are being low key racists, then maybe it’s time to admit that our criminal justice system is broken.


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Racist Brits Verbally Attack Texas Latino Living In England Because Brexit

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Racist Brits Verbally Attack Texas Latino Living In England Because Brexit

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This didn’t happen in the U.S., but they probably like Donald Trump.

Texas-born Latino Juan Jasso, who served in the military for seven years and has been living in England for 18 years, was on the receiving end of a racist incident on a public bus in Manchester this week. Sadly, this is the kind of racist and xenophobic behavior that has been growing with alarming frequency since the U.K. voted to leave the EU. Jasso, seen wearing a grey shirt in the video, was verbally assaulted and even had beer thrown on him by three British teenagers.

Just to give you a little insight into how bright these boys (yes, BOYS) are, they shouted at this military veteran to “get back to Africa.” The altercation was caught on cellphone video by a fellow bus rider. You can feel the tension building before the teens eventually take their drunken selves off the bus. The upside to this video? As the teens walk away, you hear a resounding chorus of Brits taking Jasso’s side, calling the drunk, racist teens a disgrace to England. The Greater Manchester Police have arrested three people and are questioning them.

As for Jasso, he definitely held is ground against the teens. At one point, other bus riders held him back and convinced him that they just weren’t worth it. “You are extremely ignorant and not very intelligent, you know that,” Jasso told the teens.

“I think there was an undertone there before this Brexit and the voting within the referendum, but I think the result maybe has pushed people to somehow justify now that they think it’s okay now to act out in this way, which obviously it’s not,” Jasso said about the atmosphere since the Brexit vote, according to The Telegraph. “It hasn’t affected me in any way, shape or form, because I have a little girl here now and I now consider this my home.”


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