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The six-month sentence for a star athlete convicted of sexual assault has created national outrage. In an open letter, Vice President Biden has told the un-named victim her powerful statement about what she's endured may "save lives" in the future.  We hear about the implications for the justice system.

Later on the program, is the Tesla all-electric Model S unsafe on the road?

Photo: Former Stanford student Brock Turner who was convicted of sexual assault of an unconscious and intoxicated woman is shown in this Santa Clara County Sheriff's booking photo taken January 18, 2015. (Santa Clara County Sheriff's Department Handout via Reuters)

Producers:
Sasa Woodruff
Gideon Brower
Katie Cooper

Russia Threatens Retaliation over US Ship in the Black Sea 6 MIN, 30 SEC

The US Navy sent a destroyer into the Black Sea this week for what it called "routine" visits to ports in Bulgaria and other countries. Today, Russia warned of "retaliatory measures."

Guests:
Matthew Rojansky, Wilson Center (@MatthewRojansky)

Sexual Assault at Stanford: Does the Punishment Fit the Crime? 33 MIN, 16 SEC

The crime was brutal: sexual assault of an unconscious woman who didn't find out what happened until reading a newspaper report days after the fact. But there were witnesses -- and plenty of evidence to convict a star Stanford athlete whose explanation lacked credibility. Brock Turner claimed that she consented after they both drank too much at a party. Prosecutors asked for six years, but Judge Aaron Persky sentenced Turner to six months in jail — not even the recommended minimum. Popular outrage has raised many questions including, should the judge be recalled? Would an athlete of color have been treated so leniently?

Guests:
Katy Murphy, San Jose Mercury News (@katymurphy)
Eli Hager, Marshall Project (@elibhager)
Deborah Tuerkheimer, Northwestern University (@NorthwesternLaw)
Sarah Desmarais, North Carolina State University (@drsldesmarais)

More:
Joe Biden's open letter to the Stanford survivor
Ashleigh Banfield reads the Stanford rape victim's letter on CNN
Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network
San Jose Mercury-News on state lawmakers' effort to remove judge
SJMN on Stanford Prof Michael Dauber, campus sexual assault movement
Hager on rarity of recalling sitting judges
Desmarais' on sexual coercion practices among undergraduate male athletes and non-athletes

US Reviewing Complaints of Suspension Problems in Tesla Model S 10 MIN, 9 SEC

Owner complaints about Tesla's all-electric cars are under federal investigation… and Tesla's battling a long-time critics.


Photo: raneko

The US National Highway Safety Administration, NHTSA, says it's looking into complaints about the safety of the suspension systems on its all-electric cars. But Elon Musk's Silicon Valley company is denying claims that it asks owners to sign non-disclosure agreements when things go wrong.

Guests:
David Shepardson, Reuters (@davidshepardson)

More:
Daily Kanban on the Tesla S

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