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

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.

David Palumbo-Liu, a Stanford Professor, weighs in on #JudgePersky and the bias he has shown on the bench. If you agree…

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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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A Florida Doctor Is Being Charged with a Hate Crime After Assaulting a Latino Man at a Supermarket

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A Florida Doctor Is Being Charged with a Hate Crime After Assaulting a Latino Man at a Supermarket

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It’s an unfortunate reality that Latinos face immense amounts of racism in America. Case in point: a Florida doctor is facing hate crime charges after assaulting a Latino man at a supermarket.

According to police, a 58-year-old woman followed a Latino man out to the parking lot, keyed his car, smashed his phone, and punched him–all the while hurling racially-charged insults at him.

The altercation happened on Jan. 20th at a Publix supermarket in Hialeah, Florida–a town with a large Latino population. It all started when the victim, an unnamed Latino man, asked Dr. Jennifer Susan Wright to maintain social distancing in Spanish. After she ignored him, the man repeated the question in English.

It was at this point that Dr. Wright, who is an anesthesiologist at Mount Sinai Medical Center, became incensed and began muttering curse words under her breath. After the man left the grocery store, Dr. Wright followed him out to the parking lot.

She began to verbally berate him, calling him a “spic” and telling him “we should have gotten rid of you when we could.”

According to the police report, she also said: “This is not going to be Biden’s America, this is my America.” The woman then took her keys out an began to “stab the victim’s vehicle with her keys” while telling him to “go back to his country”.

The man took out his phone to call 911 and the woman allegedly punched him, causing him to drop his phone. When he bent over to pick his phone up, she allegedly kicked him and tried to stomp on his phone.

The woman fled before the police came, but she was arrested on Feb 12th at her home in Miami Springs.

The woman was initially charged with tampering with a victim, criminal mischief and battery with prejudice. The “hate crime” charge was later added, elevating the crime to a felony.

According to reports, Wright posted her $1000 bail and is now awaiting trial. Mount Sinai Medical Center released a statement saying that Dr. Wright is “no longer responsible for patient care” after assaulting a Latino man.

According to the Miami Herald, neighbors know Dr. Jennifer Wright as an ardent Trump supporter. Her social media pages are riddled with far-right, Pro-Trump memes and photos of her posing in a MAGA hat. She even uploaded a post that read: “It’s Okay To Be White.”

We can all agree that it’s “okay” to be white. It’s okay to be any race. We cannot, however, all agree that it’s okay to be a violent, racist bigot. We hope the victim has recovered and we hope Jennifer Wright will face justice.

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Arizona Congresswoman Says That Hispanics Are ‘Good Workers’ But Shouldn’t Get Vaccines Before ‘American Citizens’

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Arizona Congresswoman Says That Hispanics Are ‘Good Workers’ But Shouldn’t Get Vaccines Before ‘American Citizens’

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Coronavirus infection rates are falling drastically, but a new debate rages on: how to quickly, effectively, and ethically distribute vaccines to as many people as possible.

Last week, Arizona Congresswoman Debbie Lesko stated that Hispanic people–despite being “good workers”–shouldn’t get vaccinated before “American citizens”.

“I worked with people that are Hispanic,” Rep. Lesko said “I mean they’re very good workers…We’re compassionate people, but for goodness sakes, we have to take care of American citizens, or people that are here legally, first.”

She continued: “I’m just not going to be able to explain to my senior citizens that we’re giving away the vaccines to people that (are) here illegally. I just think that’s totally wrong.”

“My Democratic colleagues are putting illegal immigrants over them,” Lesko said during the hearing. “If I read it right, all this amendment says is put Americans first. Put Americans first, and once they’re all vaccinated, then you can go to the illegal immigrants.”

The statement was made during a House Energy & Commerce Committee hearing where representatives were debating an amendment to a COVID-19 relief bill.

The Republican amendment suggested prioritizing American citizens over non-citizens when it comes to getting vaccinated first. Democrats argued that purposefully excluding non-citizens from getting vaccinated would keep the virus from being properly contained.

“The vaccine has no clue about where you come from, whether you have papers, whether you’re considered a citizen or legal or not,” said Democratic Congresswoman from Illinois, Jan Schakowsky. “It makes no sense. This is dangerous.”

Arizona State Senator Martin Quezada told NBC News that Lesko’s statement “reeks of racism.”

“There are a lot of people of color in her district and for her to be disconnected and really that offensive about how she sees us, as nothing more than good workers and not entitled to equitable vaccine distribution,” he said.

When asked about her remarks, Rep. Lesko defend them to political outlet The Hill: “Taken in context, my remarks clearly were aimed at ensuring that seniors receive taxpayer-funded vaccines before illegal immigrants,” she said. “During debate on the amendment, after being interrupted several times, I said something that could be misinterpreted, but it certainly was not my intent.”

But it seems that it this point, Lesko is trying to do damage control. Just today, she tweeted out a picture of the local “Hispanic Advisory Board”, accompanied by a caption written completely in Spanish.

“Estoy orgullosa por el lanzamiento de nuestra Junta Asesora Hispana, la primera reunión fue anoche,” the tweet read. “Esta se enfocará en las maneras en que podemos servir mejor a los miembros de nuestra comunidad Hispana en Arizona!” (“I am proud of the launch of our Hispanic Advisory Board, the first meeting was last night. It will focus on ways we can better serve members of our Hispanic community in Arizona!“)

Serving a state that is 30% Hispanic, it seems like Lesko may now be regretting her previous comments…

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