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Around Town: Persky's short-lived job; no end in sight for 'Blue Trees' project

Original post made on Sep 14, 2019

In the latest Around Town column, former Santa Clara County Superior Court judge Aaron Persky finds a new job, only to get fired this week, and Palo Alto's "Blue Trees" project has no end date in sight.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Saturday, September 14, 2019, 8:50 AM

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 14, 2019 at 11:43 am

I feel for Judge Pesky. He followed the law and the recommendations and ended up losing his job and his pension. He now tries to find another job in a field he is qualified for and he is forced out of it.

Liberal attitudes are unforgiving and unrealistic. I am not sure what the man is expected to do next. He is not a criminal, does not have a criminal record, is trying to hold down a job which he appeared to be doing very well. [Portion removed.]

LaDoris Cordell has it right when I saw her being interviewed on the subject.


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Posted by Judgement Day
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Sep 14, 2019 at 11:57 am

What a bringdown...going from a Superior Court judge to a JV high school tennis
coach.

Couldn't Persky simply become a private attorney? Being a former judge, he probably went to law school & passed the bar.

Probably better for him to leave the SF bay area & strike up new roots elsewhere.


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Posted by Morris
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Sep 14, 2019 at 1:04 pm

"He is not a criminal, does not have a criminal record, is trying to hold down a job which he appeared to be doing very well. He is being treated more like a sex offender than a professional doing what always a difficult job, interpreting the law. Public lynchings obviously still occur."

Judge Persky's sentence was fully within the law and he was within his rights to exercise judicial discretion in the sentence he handed down.

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Posted by Steve White
a resident of another community
on Sep 14, 2019 at 1:05 pm

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Posted by Staying Young Through Kids
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Sep 14, 2019 at 2:39 pm

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Posted by tough on crime
a resident of Gunn High School
on Sep 14, 2019 at 2:44 pm

What's with all the liberal bashing in the repetitive comments above? Since when is tough on crime considered liberal?


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Posted by mauricio
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Sep 14, 2019 at 4:00 pm

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Persky will never hold another job in California. He will have to go to a Trump red state to get hired. It couldn't have happened to a more deserving guy who totally disgraced his position as judge.


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Posted by Golden Rule
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 14, 2019 at 4:17 pm

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Posted by resident too
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Sep 14, 2019 at 4:39 pm

If this was a liberal judge sentencing a black guy to 3 months in jail for attempted rate, these same [portion removed] defending Persky would be be excoriating the judge for being weak on crime.


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Posted by Marrol
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Sep 14, 2019 at 4:47 pm

The ongoing vitriol bombarding the former judge is an absolute disgrace. Loses his seat on the bench by simply following the rule of law, precedent, and probation report that was submitted in the Brock Turner case. A sentencing track that stemmed from liberal California voters who overwhelmingly supported decriminalizing certain offenses, lowered what offenses could be considered a "violent crime", and significantly reduced the sentencing and incarceration windows for convicted offenders. The same voting constituency I have to believe that led the recall on the judge to begin with. That's what you voted for, that's what you get. You don't get to cherry pick. When sentencing judges follow the rule of law based on the overall facts and parameters allowed. Again, predictable outcomes but only an issue if affects those in your circle. A shameful hypocrisy.


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Posted by Nasty
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 14, 2019 at 5:03 pm

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Posted by Dauber commands
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Sep 14, 2019 at 5:16 pm

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Posted by Reality check
a resident of College Terrace
on Sep 14, 2019 at 7:49 pm

Persky was an elected official who mishandled a sexual assault case so egregiously that voters decided to toss him out. He was the first judge in something like 90 years to be recalled. Everyone can pretend that he didn't screw up the Turner case. A landslide majority of your neighbors disagreed with you, though.

Should he be a JV girls' tennis coach? Not if the girls in that high school are uncomfortable with it, which apparently they are. At least he'll get to go back to his mansion in Los Altos Hills. Forgive me if I spend my sympathy on the people who have to live in their cars to work in Palo Alto, not a guy who did his job so badly that voters had to get rid of him.


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Posted by Enough already
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 14, 2019 at 8:19 pm

I was a strong supporter of the recall, we won, so enough already!

He has paid a huge price for his deeds, and I say, enough.
Let him live in peace, he isn't harming anyone now, unless he does do anything that makes us think otherwise.
The media is relentless and anything salacious gets them all fired up. Time to stop it.


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Posted by CrescentParkAnon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Sep 14, 2019 at 9:59 pm

Get a grip you establishment shills ... the public had the right and responsibility
to do what we did to Persky.

If this was something about the election these same people would be all over
with "sore losers" and other complaints.

It is a rare moment when the public gets riled enough to actually do something,
and in this case the right thing, so just let it go, and let Perksy worry about the
his own life, as well as the rich entitle Brock Turner who keeps thinking this is
going to get overturned.

In recent years we are really getting a glimpse of how corrupt our country has
gotten, and until things start to get recognized and fixed there are going to be
uneven reactions to things like this.

How do you who complain about Persksy feel about Al Franken having all the
Democrats line up and demand that he resign ... and who now say they were
too harsh on him?


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Posted by xCalBear
a resident of Menlo Park
on Sep 15, 2019 at 5:33 am

Persky is trained as a lawyer and is at least a decade from retirement. He could go practice law [portion removed.]


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Posted by Fair
a resident of Mountain View
on Sep 15, 2019 at 7:30 am

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Posted by Fair
a resident of Mountain View
on Sep 15, 2019 at 7:46 am

I think we should paint the City Council blue. Now that would be a Kodak moment!


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Posted by If this was your family
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Sep 15, 2019 at 7:53 am

I am thankful that he got fired from lynbrook. For those of you feeling a wave of sympathy for him, I remind you to think about the assault on an unconscious girl and imagine if that was your daughter, friend, sister. Think that the perpetrator of the assault got away so lightly because a white judge protects a white privileged kid.
Think how that girl felt and then try being sympathetic to a person who had the power to do something different, protect the victim’s rights but chose not to do so. That was a life altering moment for this victim, one that she will move forward from but one that she will NEVER FORGET.


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Posted by Gus L.
a resident of Barron Park
on Sep 15, 2019 at 8:23 am

They spent $20,000.00 to paint those trees BLUE, now the paint is killing the trees and they will have to be replaced at what cost?


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Posted by Me 2
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Sep 15, 2019 at 9:17 am

Cancel culture at its worst.


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Posted by Anon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 15, 2019 at 1:32 pm

I don't get some of the comments, or even why this is an issue. Persky wasn't up to the job of being a judge, but, I why would lack of competence in one sphere would require him to retire in a completely different sphere. I guess he is a good tennis player, and he may be (for all I know) a good tennis instructor/coach.


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Posted by George
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Sep 15, 2019 at 2:04 pm

Civility is best measured by the quality of our compassion - never by the viciousness of revenge. Humans everywhere make mistakes, some very serious, millions of times a day. As civilized people we are called upon to find just and compassionate solutions. We appoint people to male judgements in matters of law and that is the system we have. People in this community decided to take matters in their own hands because they didn't like the outcome. That is always wrong. Our community can never be proud of that. Some hide behind the just power of recall but the truth was that the process of law was dragged into the streets.
Fortunately, that didn't happen in the OJ trial and the hundreds of other trials where people of good intent weigh complex circumstances and render their best verdicts and sentences.
That this happened here is a stain on the community.
That the judge is hounded wherever he goes is an outrage.


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Posted by Martha Dogood
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Sep 15, 2019 at 2:24 pm

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This constant persecution of Judge Persky is downright evil, it is outrageous and shameful. His sentencing in the Turner case was reasonable and within the normally accepted guidelines.

[Portion removed.] They aren’t journalists anymore, simply uncivilized attack dogs. This ought to give all Americans pause, this mistreatment of Judge Persky. It’s a slippery slope from here to Nazi like storm troopers or Stalin like show trials, or Communist Cambodian death camps. The human spirit is capable of such evil, and precisely why America was built on rule of law, and the US Constitution.

Judge Persky is a fine upstanding citizen and is not guilty of anything. I wish he had a way to sue the media [portion removed.]


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Posted by Game/Set/Match
a resident of Community Center
on Sep 15, 2019 at 3:54 pm

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Posted by Mark Weiss
a resident of Downtown North
on Sep 15, 2019 at 5:55 pm

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I’m a promoter so I’d like to see Chanel Moore vs Aaron Persky in a Battle Of the Sexes badminton throw down ala Riggs VS King — maybe the reality tv show will make even more money than the BMG tell-all.


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Posted by S
a resident of Downtown North
on Sep 15, 2019 at 8:51 pm

It is beyond belief how cruel people in CA can be! The judge was doing his job [portion removed.]


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Posted by Town and Gown
a resident of Community Center
on Sep 15, 2019 at 9:53 pm

It is really sad to see these comments from Palo Alto residents.

Chanel Miller is your neighbor. Your daughters played sports together. She was a popular, well liked, well mannered, funny, talented successful child. She was a MODEL PALO ALTO GIRL. To see her community making these cruel comments about her and her mother has been one of the most sickening parts of this whole horrifying affair.

I am so sick at heart that her family has been put through the ringer by Stanford and Turner and Persky only to learn that their own neighbors don't even support their daughter. Probably some of the same neighbors whose kids were frankly a lot less well mannered and a lot more entitled and promiscuous and in trouble than Chanel ever was.

I cannot even say the number of times I have heard victim blaming comments from my neighbors -- people I would never suspect of saying these things.

If you think your daughters have never been to Stanford frat parties while they were in high school you are wrong wrong wrong.

Shame on Palo Alto for how it is treating one of its own.


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Posted by mauricio
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Sep 16, 2019 at 6:09 am

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The sympathy comments directed at recalled former judge Persky, sometime followed by victim blaming are ludicrous. It was Persky who had a documented pattern of going out of his way to let males who committed violent acts against women off the hook, especially if they were jocks,. It was Persky who exhibited a well documented pattern of showing little sympathy to their victims. The students and parents at the school where he was hired to coach tennis had ample reasons to be uncomfortable with having this guy around.


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Posted by S
a resident of Downtown North
on Sep 16, 2019 at 6:19 am

To Town and Gown,

As per your own words:
"Probably some of the same neighbors whose kids were frankly a lot less well mannered and a lot more entitled and promiscuous and in trouble than Chanel ever was."
Indeed all of them, including Chanel, need to take personal responsibility for their actions and not blame others for the poor choices they made! Chanel was not a high schooler nor was she clueless about the frat parties and what was going on during and after those parties at the time of the incident but a mature 23 year old woman who made poor choices prior to going to a frat party that day. Sad times when people blame others including the judge for the poor choices they made! Good man lost his job because of the mob mentality and the lack of self responsibility/ blame the world attitude that moves like a cancer now days in this country!


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Posted by Billy
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Sep 16, 2019 at 6:32 am

Best news of the day. Its going to be a great week. Sorry i take sexual assult very serious. Blows my mind how this area really does not feel the same way. and you wonder why theirs so much of this in the history of Palo Alto. Hope he never gets another job. SUPER GREAT NEWS.


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 16, 2019 at 7:15 am

Let's say for a minute that she hadn't been sexually assaulted. Let's say for a minute that she had just got so drunk at a party that she fell unconscious outside the party beside a dumpster. Let's say for a minute that she spent the whole night passed out beside the dumpster and awoke the next morning as a janitor came along to use the dumpster and found her, then compassionately helped her.

Would that make any type of difference to whether she is a good role model for our daughters or not?


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Posted by George
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Sep 16, 2019 at 7:48 am

Mauricio. What you and too many others fail to understand is that the judge and all of the people involved in this case were not put in that position to right all the wrongs in the world. We live in a REPRESENTATIVE DEMOCRACY, not a pure democracy. That means that we give the persons we elect to office the power to make judgements for us. The judge and all of the public servants participating in this trial followed a fair process to reach a consensus. No one - not you, not me - who did not sit through every minute of the trial and review the evidence first hand can render judgement. The one person WE elected to make the call is the person WE, the community, designated to JUDGE. Persky decided within the guidelines at the time, after input from many other officials and experts. And he made a judgement based on ALL of the input (not just the causes or prejudices you and others want to promote). Some people decided to go after the judge by dragging him out of the courtroom [portion removed.] Not you, not the metoo crowd, not the so- called feminists, not those who hate privileged binge-drinking Stanford dopes - only the Judge and only in that matter - gets to make the call. That's why we have judges. Persky was just doing his job.


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Posted by Martha Dogood
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Sep 16, 2019 at 8:52 am

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@Billy

[Portion removed.] The young man was even put on the sexual offender list for LIFE. Persky doled out a very severe sentence for what happened. Persky should not have been wrongly attacked by Dauber and recalled. That was a travesty of justice. Moreover, he certainly should not have been wrongfully fired from this job as a tennis coach.

Let’s all try to remember ourselves at 19 years old (Turner was 19), on campus at college for first time, going to one of your very first frat parties. Now it’s about midnight and you’re drunk as a skunk, and meet a 23 year old woman also drunk as a skunk. Perhaps they were dancing, cavorting, kissing, who knows, yet somehow they end up outside on the ground together. [Portion removed.]

Back to the JUDGE though, that is the main point here, a judge is being very wrongly maligned and persecuted, his family and children hurt [portion removed.] Judge Persky did nothing wrong. In fact, in my view Turner was given a harsh sentence for what actually happened. The sentence was for Sexual Assault, and multiple other charges.

How sad will be the day when all Americans need to be fearful of the “mob” if justice and law and our US Constitution continue to be attacked and disregarded. [Portion removed.]

Isn’t it interesting that a national book promotion about all of this is now taking place [portion removed.]

My only hope is that enough Americans out there begin to wake up and understand this is a fight for our freedom, yet again. Every generation must fight to preserve justice and the American way. [Portion removed.]


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Posted by mauricio
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Sep 16, 2019 at 9:26 am

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.. No one - not you, not me - who did not sit through every minute of the trial and review the evidence first hand can render judgement..

This must be why several members of the jury who did sit through the evidence were shocked and dismayed at the grotesquely lenient sentence the former judge handed out, on par with the established and documented pattern of his to let males who attack women off the hook. The Santa clara voters in their wisdom realized that Persky, by letting such males off the hook, actually presents a danger to women in his role as judge, and wisely recalled him. He absolutely should not be hired for any job that puts him near young females, and the female tennis students and their parents were dead right in feeling uncomfortable with him being their tennis coach.


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Posted by @martha Dogood
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Sep 16, 2019 at 9:46 am

[Portion removed.] You need to do your research about this case. and yes i do remember college like it was yesterday. I'm a USC grad and never crossed my mind to sexually assult another student and a passed out one at that.


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Posted by Rose
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Sep 16, 2019 at 10:58 am

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Re those blue trees—our public art commission needs a course in protecting the environment.


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Posted by III
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 16, 2019 at 11:23 am

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Judgement Day.... He probably made enough money to retire on.
Does not have to be an attorney by day to survive, IMHO....

Personally I suspect he would have added a lot to the JV tennis team.
Not easy to get someone to put in the required hours, essentially free
of pay. Much less from someone with a lot of on the tennis court and off the tennis court experience.
=Judge Persky DID NOT COMMIT a crime.
We have worst offenders, let out of jail everyday.
Who then live off society, our taxes, via food stamps and more.
Definitely not giving back to society.
Yes I wish he had imposed a year or so penalty. But that is water under the bridge..... Use his skillsets I say...


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Posted by Rick
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Sep 16, 2019 at 11:30 am

Impeachment is a tool provided the electorate to restrain the elected -after- they take office. Just because a Judge is duly elected doesn't mean they are given carte blanche to ignore societal norms. If Judge Persky had been adequately vetted before the election he would have never been seated. Impeachment corrected that oversight. Being fired as a tennis coach was another case of him not being properly vetted prior. If I had a daughter I would not be comfortable having her coached by someone who "decided within the guidelines at the time, after input from many other officials and experts. And he made a judgement based on ALL of the input" to let a rapist off so easily.

And shame on everyone posting here who are attacking the victim!


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Posted by Rick
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Sep 16, 2019 at 11:40 am

And, I have to say, Persky's decision to even -apply- for a job in a position of trust over young woman shows his judgement is clouded. That is true even -if- all of Persky's supporters are 100% correct about him. Think about it. Sometimes life isn't fair.


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Posted by Anon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 16, 2019 at 11:52 am

Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood

>> Let's say for a minute that

Let's say for a minute that someone on their way to the bank stopped off for a couple of drinks on the way and ended up being impaired. Let's say that someone else, quite impaired, noticed the cash, and robbed that person in a nearby alley. Would you say that a crime had been committed? Would you excuse the robber because they had too much to drink?

The crime aspect of this case is pretty simple, actually. A violent crime was committed, and, we don't excuse violent crimes because the perpetrator was impaired.


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Posted by Cghtry
a resident of another community
on Sep 16, 2019 at 12:45 pm

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Posted by A Tale Of Three People
a resident of Barron Park
on Sep 16, 2019 at 1:24 pm

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 16, 2019 at 4:18 pm

@Anon

You miss the point of my post.

Let's say for a minute that no crime was committed. Let's say for a minute that the 24 year old female (or even a 24 year old male) had no crime committed against them. Let's say that the only thing that happened was that they drank too much alcohol at a party and then passed out outside beside a dumpster. Let's say that they remained in a drunken state until the next morning when a janitor found them and helped them.

Would that then make her (or him) a good role model for our young people.

I am not talking about the crime, I am talking about the alcohol, for a minute.


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Posted by George
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Sep 16, 2019 at 6:46 pm

@if this was your family -
'That was a life altering moment for this victim, one that she will move forward from but one that she will NEVER FORGET.'

How can anyone NEVER FORGET something that occurred while unconscious from alcohol and drugs(??) only regaining consciousness THREE hours AFTER and remembering nothing? (I look forward to that chapter in her book). Most of the 'life altering moments' will probably come from book royalty checks and the marketing of this affair for gain. [Portion removed.]


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Posted by Rick
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Sep 16, 2019 at 7:45 pm

Stop digging George. :)

Turner committed assault. It doesn't matter if he was drinking/drunk or anyone else was drinking/drunk.

Yes, being sexually assaulted is, incontrovertibly, a life altering moment, perhaps more so if one were unconscious. To suggest otherwise is unbecoming, at best.

If Ms. Miller's book causes even one person to become a better, more compassionate human being, then it's publication will not be in vain. She doesn't owe it to anyone to donate the proceeds to charity.

Brock Turner is free to write his own book if he feels he has anything useful to say.


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Posted by For Others To Decide
a resident of Community Center
on Sep 17, 2019 at 7:29 am

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Posted by Martha Dogood
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Sep 17, 2019 at 10:30 am

Martha Dogood is a registered user.

@resident of fairmeadow

“and yes i do remember college like it was yesterday. I'm a USC grad and never crossed my mind to sexually assult another student and a passed out one at that.”

Of course no young person should ever consider touching another without clear consent, and certainly not while a person is severely drunk or unconscious. Yet there are two sides to this story. Turner’s side never gets any airtime, we only hear about Miller. How traumatized she must be by all this to write a highly marketed book to profit from this shameful mess. If you take the time to read the actual trial transcripts you can better understand Turner’s side of the story.

The main point here is that Judge Persky has been relentlessly and wrongly persecuted by a hate filled media complex and mob bent on harassing and bullying him. His sentencing of Turner was reasonable. Judge Persky did nothing wrong and it’s outrageous how he was treated throughout this sordid affair by Dauber, the [portion removed] ringleader.

This persecution of Persky should not be conflated with the Turner/Miller case.

Once again though, this neighborhood conversation about this matter keeps going back to Turner and Miller and their actions that night in January 2015. If you read the full testimony you can see there are two sides to this story, somewhere between the two the truth can be found. Yet the conviction of sexual assault was held, sentencing was given and justice was served.


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Posted by Jimmy
a resident of Downtown North
on Sep 19, 2019 at 5:06 pm

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