Stan­ford pro­fes­sor in re­call ef­fort re­ceives rape threat

Manteca Bulletin - - Local/ State/ Opinion -

PALO ALTO (AP) — A Stan­ford Univer­sity law pro­fes­sor who is lead­ing an ef­fort to re­call a judge over his han­dling of a high-pro­file sex­ual as­sault case re­ceived an en­ve­lope Wed­nes­day con­tain­ing white pow­der and a rape threat.

Emer­gency per­son­nel shut two rooms at the law school while they tested the sub­stance and ul­ti­mately de­ter­mined it was a harm­less “in­ert pow­der,” the univer­sity said in a state­ment.

The pro­fes­sor tar­geted in the threat, Michele Dauber, told The As­so­ci­ated Press the en­ve­lope was dis­guised as a party in­vi­ta­tion. Dauber is lead­ing an ef­fort to re­call Santa Clara County Su­pe­rior Court Judge Aaron Per­sky.

Per­sky was crit­i­cized in 2016 af­ter he sen­tenced for­mer swim­mer Brock Turner to six months in jail for sex­u­ally as­sault­ing an un­con­scious woman be­hind a trash bin on cam­pus near a fra­ter­nity house.

Dauber said the let­ter she re­ceived Wed­nes­day said: “Since you are go­ing to dis­robe Per­sky, I am go­ing to treat you like ‘Emily Doe.’ Let’s see what kind of sen­tenc­ing I get for be­ing a rich white male.”

The woman who was sex­u­ally as­saulted in 2016 was known as Emily Doe to pro­tect her iden­tity.

Pros­e­cu­tors had rec­om­mended a much longer sen­tence for Turner, but the judge has said it’s his job to con­sider lighter sen­tences for first of­fend­ers and that he can­not al­low pub­lic opin­ion to fac­tor in his de­ci­sions.

Dauber said she has re­ceived threat­en­ing let­ters be­fore and will not back down from her cam­paign to re­move Per­sky.

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