Santa Clara County Superior Court released Friday more than 400 pages of court documents for the Brock Turner case, illustrating the progression of a now internationally contentious case from arrest to sentencing.
The documents range from the early police reports, witness statements and original charges filed by the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office in 2015; to questions submitted by jurors during the three-week long trial in March; to evidence that was not introduced during the trial, including text messages and photographs documenting Turner's recreational drug use and the account of a young woman who reported Turner acting aggressively toward her at a fraternity party one week before the Jan. 8, 2015, assault.
The more than 7,000-word letter from the young woman is also included, as are 39 character letters submitted to the court on behalf of Turner from family members, friends, former teachers and others from his Ohio hometown.
Uproar over Turner's sentencing has swept the nation over the past week. Vice President Joe Biden wrote an open letter to the victim, which opens, "I do not know your name — but your words are forever seared on my soul. Words that should be required reading for men and women of all ages." Rep. Jackie Speier, who visited Stanford in November to speak out against campus sexual assault, read part of the woman's statement in Congress this week and is planning an hour-long reading next week.
One petition calling for the removal of Judge Aaron Persky has gathered more than a million signatures; organizers plan to present it to the California Commission on Judicial Performance on Friday.
A group of state lawmakers also sent letters Friday to the Commission on Judicial Performance and Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen, according to other news outlets, criticizing Persky's sentencing decision. They wrote that it "shows bias and undermines public faith in the judicial system."
Stanford law professor Michele Dauber is spearheading a recall of Persky backed by the Progressive Women Silicon Valley State PAC. The campaign announced Friday that three top political consultants have joined the effort.
While Rosen opposes Persky's sentencing, he has said he should not be removed from the bench.
In a statement Friday, the Santa Clara County Bar Association (SCCBA) expressed its opposition to the recall effort, noting "the importance of judicial independence."
"Judges have a duty to apply the law to the facts and evidence before them, regardless of public opinion or political pressure," the statement reads. "If judges had to fear direct, personal repercussions as a result of their decisions in individual cases, the rule of law would suffer."
The bar association said it "has seen no credible assertions that in issuing the sentence, Judge Persky violated the law or his ethical obligations or acted in bad faith."
Stanford students are organizing a protest for Sunday's annual commencement ceremony. Ultra Violet, a Washington, D.C.,-based women's rights organization, announced Friday that it has organized for a plane to fly over Stanford for two hours before commencement starts with a banner that reads, "Protect Survivors. Not Rapists. #PerskyMustGo."
Below are all of the court documents released by the county, which the Palo Alto Weekly has further redacted to protect the identity of the victim in the case and contact information of others involved.
The Palo Alto Weekly has created a Storify page to capture ongoing coverage of the Brock Turner case. To view it, go to storify.com/paloaltoweekly.