A juror who helped convict a former Stanford University student-athlete of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman complained to the judge about his "ridiculously lenient" six-month jail sentence, which the juror said made a mockery of the panel's verdict, the Palo Alto Weekly reported Monday.
The paper published a letter that the juror sent Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky over the weekend to convey his shock and disappointment over the sentence 20-year-old Brock Turner received.
"It seems to me that you really did not accept the jury's findings," he wrote to the judge. "We were unanimous in our finding of the defendant's guilt and our verdicts were marginalized based on your own personal opinion."
The man is the first juror to speak publicly about the case. He wrote the letter and spoke to the Weekly anonymously to maintain his privacy in a case that has attracted intense media coverage, though the paper says it confirmed his identity by inspecting his court-issued attendance certificate.
In an interview with the newspaper, the juror said he found Turner's contention that the victim had consented to sexual content to be unpersuasive, especially compared to the accounts of the two Stanford graduate students who testified that he ran away when they confronted him on top of the motionless, partially clothed woman.