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Remove Judge William H. Follett from his seat

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"The Del Norte District Attorney’s Office announced that Nolan Bruder (20) of Crescent City was sentenced this afternoon by the Honorable William H. Follett to the low term of three years, with all but 240 days (at half time in county jail) suspended in favor of a grant of probation for Rape of an Intoxicated Person.  The victim in this case was Bruder’s sixteen year old sister who he gave high-potency marijuana “dabs” to smoke after she repeatedly resisted his sexual advances until she reached the point of no longer recognizing him as her brother.  Bruder pleaded guilty earlier this month.

In the wake of the case involving Stanford swimmer Brock Turner, the Legislature changed the law to make such crimes ineligible for probation.  Bruder benefited from the fact that his crimes pre-dated the change in the law and allowed Judge Follett to grant him probation.  “In a lot of ways, this case is more egregious than Brock Turner.  This defendant took advantage of a position of trust as this victim’s big brother.  He knew she didn’t want to have sex with him.  She told him that repeatedly.  So he got her stoned on dabs he gave her until she didn’t even recognize him in order get what he wanted,” said Del Norte District Attorney Dale P. Trigg.

At the sentencing hearing, Deputy District Attorney Annamarie Padilla argued that Judge Follett should follow the Probation Department’s recommendation to send Bruder to state prison for six years. She quoted from the legislative history section of the amendment to the current law requiring that probation now be denied on such cases: “Under this interpretation of the law, a perpetrator at a college party who chooses to forcibly rape a conscious victim will go to prison. However, a different perpetrator at the same party who chooses to watch and wait for a victim to pass out from intoxication before sexually assaulting her may get probation. Whether penetration is accomplished through physical aggression [force] or predatory behavior is a distinction without a difference. Both perpetrators seek prey that are vulnerable; disadvantaged by his/her capacity to resist.”"


Our mission is to remove every sitting Judge who treat sexual assault like anything less than the severe crime it is. We call for the State of California to remove this Judge from making any more decisions that will put the communities around them at risk. We no longer live in a world where these men get to make choices that directly go against the State of California's recommendations. 

Remove this Judge so that they may see their communities expect and DEMAND their authorities protect them. We also call to attention any financial incentive this Judge might have received for handing such a light punishment. We demand transparency of a full investigation. IN THE NAME OF JUSTICE. IN THE NAME OF COMMUNITY.  FOR THE VICTIM. 

For your daughter, for your wife, for your Mother, for any Woman in the State of California. 

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