This is Brock Turner's Mugshot - taken the night of his arrest. Glance at it for split second - what is your knee-jerk impression of the emotion you believe Turner is feeling? Don't think about it - just blurt it out.
Brock Turner was convicted of three sexual assault charges - although the former Stanford Swimming star was initially charged with five felonies: one count of raping an unconscious person, one count of raping an intoxicated person, two counts of sexual penetration with a foreign object and one count of assault while attempting to commit rape.
Despite these three felony convictions and a possibility of up to fourteen years in prison, Judge Aaron Persky gave Turner a sentence of only six months - and this will perhaps be shorter if Turner exhibits "good behavior".
Brock Turner's father, Dan Turner, wrote a letter to the court in which he said, "That is a steep price to pay for 20 minutes of action out of his 20 plus years of life." His letter has drawn World Wide outrage.
Now look more carefully at this mugshot. What do you see? This is not a neutral facial expression. There is no sadness (although his conjunctiva [the whites of the eyes] are red, we cannot say the cause). There is no anger. There is no fear. There is, however, a very subtle smile. This is an example of a rudimentary nonverbal expression - what is termed, "Duping Delight"(Ekman), (some may call this a bit of a "Cheshire Cat smile" or a "Shit Eating Grin"). Brock Turner is having trouble suppressing, what for him is a form of joy (albeit a sick joy). Turner knows in this moment that he will not face the full force of the law. He knows that he has a significant advantage in the legal system. He's confident in this - and it's giving him a diabolical joy.
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