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Stanford Rape Judge Aaron Persky

Count me among those outraged by the Stanford rape case. The sentence of six months for handsome young Stanford athlete, Brock Turner, is outrageous. Defending his son, Turner’s father wrote about his son’s sentence, “That is a steep price to pay for 20 minutes of action out of his 20 plus years of life.”

A million signatures have been gathered on a petition to demand the outset of Judge Aaron Persky, himself a white, Stanford athlete. The rape victim wrote a powerful letter to the court, and to her rapist which became a sensation on the internet.

The latest horror in this horror show is Vice President Joe Biden, who wrote a pandering essay to the victim that has garnered much attention and widespread praise in the media. What strikes me about Biden’s essay is that he says nothing that anyone would disagree with. It is a politician’s speech, peppered with emotional triggers and support for the victim while taking no position that anyone would disagree with.  Biden sidesteps the real issues raised by the atrocious sentence and the million signature petition to remove Judge Persky.

Biden may be thinking of Donald Trump’s recent criticism of the judge in the Trump University civil case. Trump has been excoriated by the press, and by Democrats, for criticizing a judge. Trump claims that his “Mexican” judge is biased because Trump wants to “build a wall”. Judge Persky is also being criticized for racial bias; it seems likely that a black defendant would not have drawn the sympathy and light sentence given to the handsome, white rapist who shared Persky’s alma-mater.

Perhaps Biden thinks that now is not the best time for a Democrat to be criticizing a judge.

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By Daryl Cagle

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