America's injustice system: 5 California felons who wished they had the same judge as Brock Turner

Judge Aaron Persky handed Turner 6 months in county jail for fear prison "would have a severe impact" on him

Published June 16, 2016 6:05PM (EDT)

Brock Turner Mugshot (Stanford University Department of Public Safety)
Brock Turner Mugshot (Stanford University Department of Public Safety)

Santa Clara District Attorney Jeff Rosen announced Monday that Judge Aaron Persky, who handed Stanford student Brock Turner his unprecedentedly light six-month jail sentence do, would be taken off a similar case involving a former surgical nurse accused of fondling an anesthetized patient's breasts.

Turner was potentially facing a maximum of 14 years for raping an unconscious woman on Stanford University's campus. Attempting to justify Turner's sentence, Persky — a Stanford alum and once captain of the school's lacrosse team — said a lengthier prison sentence would "have a severe impact" on the accomplished collegiate swimmer.

To give a better sense of how light Turner's sentence was off, here's a not-exhaustive list of five recent California felons who didn't get the Persky treatment.

1. Black Lives Matter activist Jasmine Richards (Abdullah) was sentenced to 90 days in prison — the likely amount of time Turner will spend in a county jail before parole — for one count of felony lynching after inciting a group of protesters to interfere with the arrest of a woman accused of leaving a restaurant without paying.

2. Ruben Centeno Moreno was sentenced to 42 days in county jail for attempting to film with a camcorder "The Alamo" at a theater in Los Angeles, a crime which carries a maximum sentence of one year in prison.

3. Larry Thomas Dominguez, of Santa Ana, caught six years for concealing his father's death for eight years in order to collect a total $92,000 in social security checks. (Turner posted $150,000 bail.)

4. Physician Dale Schafer served five years for cultivating medical marijuana — legal in the state, of course — after federal law enforcement monitored and tallied 100 plants over the course of five years (the statute of limitations) and sentence Schafer and his wife to the mandatory minimum five years.

5. Khadija Thompson, of Oakland, got 18 months for passing counterfeit traveler's checks. She, along with two other women implicated, passed a whopping $1,300 in fake checks.

By Brendan Gauthier

Brendan Gauthier is a freelance writer.

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