If there is anyone Stanford lawprof Michelle Dauber hates more than Judge Aaron Persky, it’s former Stanford
swimmer convicted sex offender Brock Turner. Turner is appealing his conviction, as is his right.
Brock Turner, the former Stanford University student and champion swimmer who was found guilty in March 2016 of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman on campus, is appealing his conviction.
A 172-page brief filed on Friday by Mr. Turner’s lawyer, Eric Multhaup, said Mr. Turner did not get a fair trial for several reasons, including the exclusion of testimony by character witnesses who spoke of his swimming career and his performance in school and attested to his honesty, the appeal said.
That’s a rather long brief, making the word “brief” seem somewhat incongruous. Whether it’s got merit or not has yet to be seen. The issues raised go to the conviction, whether Turner was denied due process and prevented from offering his defense. An appellate court will ultimately make a decision about it, as that’s the way appeals work.
And it’s making Dauber’s head explode.
Here media I am fixing it. @NBCNews @SFGate @whiotv @thehuntinground @hodgman Stop talking about Brock Turner’s extracurricular activities and call him what he is: a felony sex offender. #EnoughIsEnough @RecallPersky pic.twitter.com/UptvjfHlJm
— Michele Dauber (@mldauber) December 2, 2017
She put some serious work into “correcting” those headlines, and that’s one of a great many twits attacking Turner, Persky and the media that doesn’t hate them nearly enough for Dauber’s taste.
At the time of sentence, there were many who saw the sentence as being surprisingly lenient. But others, like Dauber, were outraged. Would anything short of life plus cancer be enough? In the current atmosphere, even that probably wouldn’t have sufficed. Even people who wrote in support of Turner have had their lives destroyed by the Dauber-led mob.
It appears that this Stanford law professor has dedicated her existence to destroying this young man. This isn’t to say that Dauber isn’t entitled to be outraged by whatever she wants to be outraged about.
This isn’t to say that Dauber shouldn’t be able to express her opinion, right or wrong. But when a law prof dedicates herself to the destruction of one specific defendant, together with anyone connected to him, judge included, does it reach a point where she’s abusing her academic position in some sort of obsessed jihad?
Have Dauber and her ilk crossed a line of legitimate criticism to stalking, to obsession, to insane hatred and using every means available to try to deny Turner a fair appeal?
[Ed. Note: Dauber deleted the original twit, so it’s been replaced with screen cap.*]
Song? Yes, the craziness has gone so far as to give birth to a song. It’s like a master’s class for psycho stalkers.
One might suspect that Dauber’s attention would have been diverted from Turner in light of the revelations about Harvey Weinstein, or maybe Al Franken, but no. Not even a little bit. She remains every bit as obsessed with Turner as ever, and persists in doing whatever she can to influence people to share her hatred.
Had this been some mere troll on the internets it would be one thing. But this is a law professor. And a law professor at Stanford, no less. What drives her to do this? It certainly seems to have gone well beyond any rational concern about an individual case, and deep into some dark, ugly hole of insanity. And I told her as much. She did not respond well.
Uh oh. Is somebody threatening me with libel? https://t.co/VbeHzehMpB
— Scott Greenfield (@ScottGreenfield) December 3, 2017
This is very disturbing on many levels. But of greatest concern is that a law professor would dedicate herself to destroying a defendant, to doing whatever she can to impair his appeal, to attacking a well-regarded judge for his ruling (and thus “warn” other judges that a lenient sentence imposed on a defendant they hate will result in their ruination as well), and to using every resource at her disposal to assure that the lives of Brock Turner and everyone associated with him will be destroyed.
This isn’t rational behavior. This is some seriously sick behavior. And Michelle Dauber teaches law school. She and her mob can think the sentence imposed on Turner was too lenient all she wants, but her actions, as a lawprof, have reached, and surpassed, a level of obsession that should strike fear in every academic. This isn’t normal, sane behavior. This is your colleague. This is the person teaching law students. This is deeply disturbed.
*After being called out for her deplorable endorsement of violence against a young man by retired Santa Clara Judge LaDoris Cordell, Dauber deleted the twit and responded:
“Obviously, I do not endorse violence against Brock Turner or anyone else,” Dauber said. “I understood the song referenced in the tweet to be clearly satirical and not literal. I have deleted the tweet to avoid any distraction from our focus on holding Judge Persky accountable for his pattern of bias in favor of college athletes who assault women.”