Brock Turner was released from Santa Clara County jail today, following completion of a three-month sentence for sexual assault against an unconscious woman.
Critics say the sentence was overly lenient, raising questions about class, race and sex in the role of conviciton and sentencing.
That video of Brock Turner leaving jail is sickening. This is one of the reasons most women don't come forward, the system always fails them
-- Brandon Evers (@BrandonEvrs) September 2, 2016
Brock Turner was caught in the act still only sentenced to 6 month & served 3. And you wonder why women don't report. What's the point?
-- Mikki Kendall (@Karnythia) September 2, 2016
Some are drawing attention to much heavier terms handed down to others.
Brock Turner, rapist, is scheduled to be released shortly.
I have friends caught with weed who served YEARS. This man served weeks.
-- Shaun King (@ShaunKing) September 2, 2016
So who has served more time than Turner, and for what crimes?
Tim Allen - two years and four months.
The Santa Clause star was arrested for possessing more than 650 grams of cocaine. He pleaded guilty to drugs trafficking charges, and told police the names of other dealers in exchange for a shorter prison sentence. He was still in prison for more than two years though, from 1979 to 1981. Apparently drugs trafficking charges don't stop you from later becoming a Disney star. Childhood *ruined*.
Martha Stewart - five months.
The US TV chef served five months for lying to Federal investigators about the sale of stocks she owned. Apparently, she kept occupied by making crab apple jam and teaching other inmates how to make ceramics.
Lee Carroll Brooker - life.
Due to prior convictions for armed robberies dating back 20 years, Brooker was sentenced to life for growing three marijuana plants in his son's back garden.
Jim Devine MP - four months.
Former Labour MP Jim Devine was prosecuted for dishonestly claiming expenses as part of the expenses scandal. He was found guilty of false accounting, relating to £8,385 worth of expenses, and sentenced to 16 months imprisonment. He was released after serving a quarter of his sentence.
James V Taylor - 15 years.
Taylor was caught by police with an amount of crack cocaine so small it was termed "unweighable". The police came by this evidence by washing out a crack pipe in Taylor's car. The sentence was deemed particularly unfair as Missouri's laws persecuted the possession of crack much more harshly than powder cocaine. Taylor was eventually released on parole after four years.