Public Defender Discusses Ruling in Stanford Sex Assault Case, Alleged Threats Against Judge

Santa Clara County Public Defender Gary Goodman says Judge Aaron Persky has received "abusive" and "threatening" calls.
2:13 | 06/08/16

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Transcript for Public Defender Discusses Ruling in Stanford Sex Assault Case, Alleged Threats Against Judge
When you first become aware of calls being placed he entered her office. Sentencing was last Thursday. And Friday's third I mean it. But they were very slow and they just trickled and then. They were so bad and as the soulful media picked up. The vitriol all in the calls picked up as you know right along with the so over the past couple of what kind of calls. You know they've been abuse of that and threatening. Not only to hand it to his family and and that's just wrong. As a public defender how many times you appeared before experts I appeared to had been president for ski just about every day when he's not in trial. That's the courtroom I'm assigned O. How common is it worth judged to follow the Probation Department. Actions percent. So I think you're looking at from the wrong end of the equation in the sense that they're out on because probation is telling them what to do there is do you mean a recommendation. And they give the reasons. For those recommendations in the judgment considers that considers what defense submits considers anything like the pro prosecutors could. Some it and then comes to his conclusion it just so happens in this case. He did follow that recommendation he doesn't have to he does not have to he's totally discretion. Knowing it yes and no he he can if you varies from it. He has to state the reasons why you very prominent that's what the Probation Department does beget an independent assessment of what. What they you know following the rules of court and statute we know what our proper sentencing. In his case six months in jail plus sex offender status and three years probation. Keeping that there was any fair judgment absolutely. Absolutely and 100% of your public defender I am. At that that was a that was because the jury came back with a guilty verdicts once they came back that guilty verdict he had to be as sex renters and for the rest of his life. Which in my opinion is just a huge. Huge burden and and I understand the victim and if it was a powerful statement. And he but. Turner's wife. And is will be ever be haunted by this sect frustration he's never gonna get out from under.

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