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Ex-Stanford student in sex assault case released from jail

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>> He's out. The former Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner, who was jailed for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman on campus is free after just three months. I'm Reuters Jane Han He Lee here at the Santa Clara County Jail where Brock Turner was just released. He walked out from those doors straight into a white SUV and drove away.
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He was sentenced to six months in jail for sexual assault. But only served three on account of good behavior. The sheriff Laurie Smith came and told reporters she was very unhappy about that sentencing, which is perceived as light. And said he never should have been in this jail.
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He should have been in prison.>> My heart really goes to out to the victim. I feel very, very bad for any woman who is put in that position.>> The perceived light sentence caused an international outrage and ignited a debate over how California defines and punishes rape.
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And the trial making headlines when the victim shared a 7,200 word letter addressing her attacker in court. The letter itself going viral. Outrage intensified after prosecutors released a letter written by Turner's father calling the assault quote 20 minutes of action. The case ignited the debate over how California defines and punishes rape.
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Turner was charged with sexual assault instead of rape, because he didn't have intercourse with his victim, instead penetrating her with his finger and California law does not define that as rape. Since the sentencing the Judge Aaron Persky has face intense scrutiny and calls for him to be ousted from the bench.
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And dozens of protesters, including some rape victims gathered outside the jail later on Friday to rally up support for their cause to recall him and condemn the message they say his sentence of Turner has sent.