Over the past few months, the world has gotten a look, often the same look, at Brock Turner, convicted rapist and good swimmer, when a picture of him, smiling and wearing a tie, accompanied most articles about his crime and subsequent lenient sentencing. That image often accompanied his father's tone deaf letter to the judge about how his son doesn't deserve to go to jail. And it accompanied his friend's letter to the judge about how the rape he committed wasn't actually rape. AND it accompanied his victim's brutal and heartbreaking letter, about what she's endured in the year and a half since the January 2015 rape on the Stanford campus.
While most stories about convicted rapists include the perpetrator's mug shot, for some reason (hmmm, what could that be?), Turner's was never released. According to the Cut, "A spokesperson from the Stanford Department of public safety told the Cut that while anyone who is taken in for booking has their photo taken, it is up to the Santa Clara Sheriff's Department to decide whether or not to release the photo."
After a lot of back and forth between journalists looking to get the picture, the Santa Clara Sheriff's Department, and the Stanford Department of Public Safety, the Cut finally got ahold of Turner's mug shot from the Santa Clara County Sheriff.