Last week Dane County Circuit Judge Stephen Ehlke sentenced former University of Wisconsin-Madison student t Alec Cook o three years in prison for sexually assaulting three female students and choking or stalking two others.
He physically assaulted five women and gets three years.
Oh, yeah, he’s white. Oh, and Judge Ehlke also sentenced Cook to eight years of extended supervision once he's released from prison.
Prosecutors were seeking 19 years behind bars; defense attorneys sought probation. For assaulting two women, and sexually assaulting three women.
Judge Ehlke, who is clearly an asshat, says he gave Alec Cook credit for having no criminal record, no bail violations and for sparing the victims a trial by pleading guilty.
Wait. What? Um, he has a criminal record, because he’s a rapist and assaults women; and he clearly asked for no trial because he’s clearly guilty.
And there’s more than just these five women. Cook was initially charged with more than 20 crimes against nearly a dozen women, including disorderly conduct and felony sexual assault for incidents between September 2014 and October 2016.
So, um, Judge Ehlke, he did have a criminal past, right? But Ehlke also said this sentence, this light sentence, this slap on the wrist, would give closure to his victims.
Yes. Seriously. Even more insane is that, in court, Alec Cook cried a little as he apologized to the women he attacked and told them that what happened was not their fault. So, clearly, he thought, or thinks, that women sometimes “ask for it”:
"I'm sorry. I was wrong. You told the truth, and everyone should believe you. This is my fault. You didn't deserve this. And neither did your families. To them, too, I'm so sorry."
One victim said told the court:
"Part of me died in order to survive that night with him and that part of me will never grow back."
But Alec Cook will be out of jail in less than three years.
Meanwhile … also last week, Judge Ruben Gonzalez sentenced Crystal Mason, a Texas woman … a black woman … to five years in prison for voting illegally because she was a felon on probation.
See, that says to me that, in America, if you’re a white man, you can stalk, harass, assault, choke, strangle or rape up to a dozen women and get three years, but if you’re a black woman on probation for a felony and you vote in an election, you get five years.
That’s white privilege in America.
And it’s ugly.