Bay area judge Aaron Persky has been accused, again, of letting a young, male athlete off the hook.
The judge awarded College of San Mateo Keenan Smith a plea deal to avoid jail time despite attacking his girlfriend. The deal would have seen Smith stay on the football team, reports CBS News.
However, another judge has given Smith a harsher verdict after he failed to comply with Persky's initial sentence. Now Smith will spend eight weekends in jail and complete a year-long domestic violence class.
I wish Law and Order SVU was real and rapists actually got convicted for their crimes. I'm looking at you Judge Aaron Persky.— Courtney Firman (@cfirman354) October 17, 2016
Persky's easygoing approach to punishment has earned him some online haters.
In fact, some are mobilizing against him on social media.
"It's clear now that another judge who does not share Judge Persky's bias towards student-athletes has looked at this and now Mr. Smith is getting a stiffer penalty and is now being held accountable," said Stanford law professor Michelle Dauber to CBS. "
Public Defender Gary Goodman says it was actually the District Attorney's office that first handed Smith the light sentence.
The original sentence was reportedly based on his lack of a criminal record and the fact that he was 20 years old.
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