Victim’s statement worth the read
Re “Making sense of the Stanford sexual assault case” (Editorials, June 12): Congratulations to The Bee’s editorial staff for their nuanced, judicious, in-depth, detailed and constructive analysis of the Turner-Persky sexual assault sentencing scandal. The suggestion in the editorial that the statement be provided to all young people is worth heeding.
Geoffrey L. Graybill,
No sense to sexual assault case
Seriously? What a ludicrous piece by The Bee’s editorial board. And, in the same day’s edition there is a Los Angeles Times article on how, “Turner lied about drugs, drinking, papers show.” What a shock; not really.
Has anyone on the editorial board watched the documentary, “The Hunting Ground”? It might be enlightening. I was truly horrified after watching it.
Finally, a light has been shone on this silent epidemic – and, my personal hope, is that Brock Turner becomes, and remains, the poster-child for all that is wrong with the sexual assault/rape culture on college campuses, across the U.S. Now that, truly, would “set a precedent.”
Dory Berke, Sacramento
Criminal justice system inadequate
Yes, we need more public discussion about sexual victimization, but Jane Doe’s letter tells me that perhaps the biggest offender here is the adversarial court process and the reality of incarceration where rape is common.
Coursework at Sacramento City College in Administration of Justice and the experience of being a friend of an inmate prove to me that the adversarial criminal justice system is ill-suited to constructively handle this kind of situation.
Muriel Strand, Sacramento
What about Brock Turner’s victim?
Re “What we should talk about now in the Brock Turner case” (Insight, June 16): Shawn Hubler’s concern for how Brock Turner comes away from prison is disturbing. She’s worried he may come away from a stint in jail or prison “broken and traumatized.” Hmm, I’m betting his victim is broken and traumatized. He raped her, plain and simple, maybe in prison he’ll learn how victimized she felt.
Why is Brock Turner so special?
Yes, Shawn Hubler, our prisons are places where people get beaten and raped, and sometimes with not just a blind eye from guards but their instigation.
Yes, prisoners do need to be made safe from exposure to dangers far beyond the sentence they have to serve. That could take a lot of money. Do you think Brock Turner’s parents will support the taxes necessary to do this? I know that if I had been sent to prison, say for possession of marijuana, and I was raped, I’d be mad. But just why is this fortunate son so special, and not all the poor people going to prison for victimless or nonviolent crimes?
Turner should serve his full sentence, maybe even 15 years rather than six months. And if he gets raped, well, that’s just too bad – it’s equal mistreatment under the law.
William S. Caple,
Worst predator? Coyotes, humans
Re “Reviled coyotes are not welcome” (Letters, June 12): So coyotes attacked 160 humans over 30 years. On the same day that this letter appeared a single human killed 49 other humans and wounded over 50 more.
I have lived most of my life in coyote habitat and love to hear them yipping in the evening. If encountered, they always run away. A few neighbors lose a sheep now and then, but never more than 100 dead or wounded from a single coyote in just a few hours.
Which is the more dangerous predator: A coyote or a human with a gun? Which one needs to be more tightly controlled?
John “Steve” Bennett,
An inconvenient truth on votes cast
Re “Trump leaves GOP in a mess” (Insight, June 9): Dan Morain’s latest snipe at Rep. Tom McClintock is that “On Tuesday, McClintock received 17,000 fewer votes than he did four years ago.” As Morain surely knows, comparing the Election Day tally in 2016 with the final count from 2012 ignores 40,000 late absentees that are yet to be counted.
McClintock’s Election Day count was actually 8,000 votes more than 2012 – not 17,000 votes less – an inconvenient truth for Morain. Indeed, McClintock received more votes than any other Republican congressman in California on Election Day.
Jonathan Huey, Rocklin,
McClintock for Congress
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