Nashville rape case echoes sex assault by Stanford swimmer


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The cases are tragically similar: Student-athletes at two elite universities accused of sex crimes against unconscious women. Yet one is given six months in a county jail, while the other is facing at least 15 years in prison.

Some have questioned why 20-year-old former Stanford swimmer Brock Turner, who is white, received a far less severe sentence for a January 2015 assault than the one faced by former Vanderbilt football player Cory Batey, who is black. The questions arise as a white former teammate of Batey’s stands trial again in Nashville for the June 2013 dorm room rape.

Lawyers say the punishment reflects the number of alleged perpetrators in one case; the acts committed; overwhelming evidence in one case; and how rape is defined in Tennessee and California.

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