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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

"Should an Unpopular Sentence in the Stanford Rape Case Cost a Judge His Job?"

The New York Times has this forum, with contributions by Paul Butler (Georgetown), Tracey Meares (Yale), Bill Otis (Crime & Consequences), and yours truly.

https://lawprofessors.typepad.com/crimprof_blog/2016/06/should-an-unpopular-sentence-in-the-stanford-rape-case-cost-a-judge-his-job.html

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The DA's office dismissed the "rape" charges at the Preliminary Hearing - he was not convicted of rape, which of course triggered the media explosion and recall efforts because it was widely reported that he had been convicted of rape. The Judge followed the Probation Department's recommendation for a 6 month sentence as the following link to decent coverage of the sentencing shows. So the better question to me at least is, what caused the Probation Department to recommend that sentence? Judges cannot be faulted for following the recommendations of Probation, which as this article shows, was based on facts, not speculation. http://www.mercurynews.com/peninsula/ci_29970782/palo-alto-former-stanford-swimmer-gets-6-months

Posted by: Don Rehkopf | Jun 8, 2016 9:10:20 AM

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