Per­sky among the few who still doesn’t get it

The Mercury News Weekend - - OPINION -

Judge Aaron Per­sky’s sup­port­ers sink to a new low when they char­ac­ter­ize ex- Stan­ford swim­mer Brock Turner’s ac- tions as an ine­bri­ated stu­dent’s mo­men­tary lapse of judg­ment.

The police re­port of Turner’s ar­rest says oth­er­wise: Al­though Turner had been drink­ing, he was able to re­call ev­ery­thing that oc­curred. He ad­mit­ted to not know­ing the name of his vic­tim and said he could not iden­tify her if he saw her again. All he wanted to do, Turner told the police, was “hook up with a girl.” His vic­tim, mean­while, was fully un­con­scious.

This was not a hook up; Turner preyed upon a com­pletely vul­ner­a­ble woman. Ul­ti­mately, the jury in the Turner trial was suf­fi­ciently unim­pressed with the “boys-will-be-boys” sen­ti­ment and found him guilty of three felonies.

On June 5, please join me in vot­ing to re­call Judge Per­sky, who seems to be one of the few peo­ple who still doesn’t seem to get it. — Al­li­son Pittman, Moun­tain View

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