TOS 15: The Stanford Sexual Assault Case
A 20 year-old white, frat boy assaults an unconscious 23 year-old woman after a party.
He gets 6 months in county jail.
As a defense attorney, kudos to doing your job. You made a vow to zealously represent, and you must have done so.
That being said, I have clients who are accused of stealing sunglasses facing 6 months.
It's called privilege and at some point we should probably acknowledge that it exists.
We've seen it before.
It looks like a broken system disproportionately and aggressively prosecuting poor people of color while bending over backwards to accommodate the affluent.
It looks like two very different evidentiary standards for the poor and for the rich.
It looks like grand juries that almost always indicting those in poverty, while practically never indicting police.
It looks like the "reasonable fear" people seem to have of black men that make it okay to "accidentally" shoot them and get off without consequence.
It's just too much. All of a sudden, in this case, we want to consider additional factors regarding our someone accused of a crime? Now, the judge worries about the long term impact of incarceration?
I wish my clients were treated like that. I wish judges would consider their traumatic upbringings and circumstances. I wish the media would highlight them using their best school pictures. I wish people thought about the impact incarceration would have on them and their communities. Unfortunately, at times, that's all I can do--wishfully think.
There are definitely more things that bother me about this case and about how are system looks at those accused of crimes (defendants), complaining witnesses, and the classification of crimes but those topics will have to wait for another day.