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Ex-Stanford swimmer in rape case talked of drugs

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>> Brock Turner told the judge in his Stanford rape case he had never really experienced partying that involved alcohol and blamed it for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman. But according to court documents shown Friday, he spoke of drug and alcohol use before entering college. Documents show several strings of text messages on Turner's phone about smoking marijuana.
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One reading, yeah, we can smoke real pot. Well not dabs, cuz we got that. Turner's case has gone viral with of mounting criticism that the six month sentence the judge gave him for rape was too lenient. Judge Aaron Persky had said that he was concerned that a jail sentence would have a severe impact on Turner.
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Now he's facing a petition to remove him from the bench, getting death threats, and according to local media even some perspective jurors for another case are refusing to serve under him. The outrage has been steadily building up in the past week sparked by the victim's 7,200 word letter addressed to her attacker.
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It was posted, in full, on Buzzfeed and has now been read about 15 million times. It was also read in full by a CNN presenter. Vice President Joe Biden, an active advocate for sexual assault justice, penned an open letter to the victim saying, quote, 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.
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Other big names have also rallied in support of the victim and criticized the judge. From California's Attorney General Kumala Harris to New York Mayor Bill DeBlasio, Texas Congressman Ted Poe read part of it in the House floor this week and called for the judge to be removed. USA Swimming, the US national governing body for the sport said Turner is not a member and would not be eligible in the future given his conviction.
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Turner is appealing the jury's verdict.