It’s not often that you’ll find me praising a Republican, especially one from Texas, but I feel I must give credit where credit is due and commend Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) for going off on an epic rant about the appalling six month sentence Judge Aaron Persky gave Stanford student Brock Turner for raping a 22-year-old unconscious woman.
“The woman, just 22 years of age at the time, was being raped and the rapist was caught in the act,” Poe said on the House floor. “Brock was found guilty of the sexual assault on three counts. His sentence, a mere six months in prison and three years probation.”
“Because the judge said a prison sentence would have a ‘severe impact’ on him,” he added. “Well, isn’t that the point? Mr. Speaker, the punishment for rape should be longer than a semester in college.”
Not just yes, but hell yes.
I can’t even mentally grasp the “logic” behind any of this. This deviant sexually assaults this woman, but the judge is worried about what an appropriate sentence would do to his life? Excuse my language, but are you f*cking kidding me?
Poe wasn’t finished. After reading some comments from the victim, he continued.
“This judge got it wrong,” Poe stated. “There’s an archaic philosophy in some courts that sin ain’t sin as long as good folk do it. In this case, the court and defendant’s father wanted a pass for the rapist because he was a big shot swimmer.”
“The judge should be removed,” he added. “The rapist should do more time for the dastardly deed that he did that night.”
None of this makes any sense and, as Poe said, the main hope right now is that an appeals court overturns the sentence to see that this rapist spends much more time in prison.
Rep. Poe finished his speech flawlessly.
“The entitlement mentality of being a good college athlete and self-righteousness do not trump justice,” Poe said. “The criminal has given her a life sentence of mental pain, anguish and turmoil. When rape occurs the criminal is trying to steal the very soul of the victim.”
“Justice demands the judge be removed!” he continued. “And we, the community, must assist the victim in all possible ways. Because rape is never the fault of the victim. And that’s just the way it is.”
Again, it’s not every day I find myself on the same side of an issue with any Republican — but wow.
The act, itself, was appalling enough. But then to know that the person who did that to you – who raped you – is getting away with a sentence lighter than many non-violent drug offenders is like throwing salt on the wound.
I don’t see how this judge could keep his spot on the bench. This whole situation is inexcusable and disgusting. It’s so incomprehensible I still really have trouble believing that a judge gave a rapist a six month sentence.
It’s unlikely I would agree on much with Rep. Ted Poe, but I want to commend him for his words on the House floor. It’s not every day I applaud a Republicans, but I damn sure did today.
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