Despite a popular petition to recall him from his position, which received over 250,000 signatures, Judge Aaron Persky is still on the bench after his infamously lenient sentence for fellow Stanford-educated white guy, Brock Turner.
Despite being removed from a sexual assault case against a male nurse, the judge is making headlines again for handing down a sentence in another sexual assault case—the implication being that he's treating an immigrant from El Salvador with less mercy than he did Brock Turner. The defendant is a Latino man named Paul Ramirez, who he sentenced to three years in prison for his assault on his roommate. In contrast, Turner was sentenced to six months, and he'll likely be released after three months on good behavior.
According to experts, it's relevant to note that "Persky was simply lenient with Turner rather than harsh on Ramirez." Ramirez was convicted of a horrific sexual assault and deserves to face the consequences. Still, his treatment in the court was startlingly different from the way Turner was treated and might further illustrate the type of white privilege Brock Turner benefited from in court. The Guardian reports:
Ramirez was arrested at his home in Santa Clara County in November 2014 after his roommate called 911 to say that he had sexually assaulted her, according to police reports.
Ramirez gave the woman a “love letter” and later entered her bedroom and [redacted] for about five to 10 minutes against her will, according to a police report, and stopped only when she started crying.
When police arrived, he admitted to the assault. “Ramirez knew what he did was wrong and he wanted to say sorry,” one officer wrote. Ramirez, who has used a Spanish interpreter in court, had his bail set at $200,000 – significantly higher than the $150,000 bail set for Turner.
While a disgusting crime, it's also as if the system is inherently stacked against an immigrant in comparison to, say, a star swimmer from Stanford.