From The Daily Beast:
Silicon Valley CEO Pleads ‘No Contest’ to Abusing His Wife—and Is Offered a Deal for Less Than 30 Days in Jail
A deal was struck, and the judge had left for vacation, before the victim had her say in the same Santa Clara courthouse where Brock Turner was given six months for sexual assault.
by Michael Daly | 04.17.17 7:40 PM ET
At Apple, Neha Rastogi worked on everything from Siri to FaceTime to Maps, sometimes seated beside Steve Jobs himself.
She is clearly brilliant and dedicated as well as passionate about the happy interface between technology and the public. Nobody could have foreseen that she would someday be compelled to employ an iPhone to record harrowing moments of what she says was a pattern of domestic abuse during virtually her entire 10-year marriage to a man who is now CEO of a Silicon Valley startup.
Without the recordings, it would have been just another case of “he said, she said,” as her husband, Abhishek Gattani, faced his second felony domestic violence charge in Santa Clara Superior Court in fabled Palo Alto.
Instead, it was “he said, she-and-her-iPhone said.”
The video that Rastogi made on May 17, 2016, of 5 minutes and 58 seconds of her life with Abhishek Gattani offers no dramatic images like the elevator surveillance footage of Ray Rice knocking out his girlfriend with a single devastating punch.
Visually, this footage is so uneventful you might think that somebody had mistakenly left their phone in video-record mode in their pocket.
But that makes the audio all the more disturbing, most particularly when you begin to hear the repeated thwacks in the presence of their then 2-year-old daughter.
The Daily Beast original has a lot more, including the audio recordings and transcripts of the whole stinking thing.
This was Mr Gattani’s second assault upon his wife known to law enforcement; he had already been apprehended for assaulting his wife, in public, with a “closed fist,” for which he:
was allowed to plead to a misdemeanor and was sentenced to a year of domestic violence/anger management classes, but not a minute behind bars.
The current case? Mr Gattani was allowed to plead down from felony assault to felony accessory after the fact, with an accompanying misdemeanor of “offensive touching.” He would be sentenced to six months, but serve less than one, with the rest on probation.
Now, why might the prosecution agree to a lenient plea deal for the second assault? According to the article:
The prosecutor in the case, Assistant District Attorney Steve Fein, described the plea deal to The Daily Beast as a fair outcome, noting that accessory after the fact is also a felony, though not a violent one that would place Gattani at risk of being deported back to his native India. Fein indicated that his boss, Santa Clara District Attorney Jeff Rosen, seeks to avoid such deportations.
[Mr Fein] allowed that no case is exactly like another, but ventured that the outcome in this one was not unusual.
“[Gattani] didn’t get a lighter deal, he didn’t get a heavier deal,” Fein said.
He confirmed that Gattani’s immigration status was a factor.
“It was a consideration, yes,” he said.
Since the Daily Beast article was published yesterday, Salon writer Amanda Marcotte has published four articles,¹ none of which mentioned this particular outrage, even though it is squarely within her sphere of interest. Other than Sarah Lacy on Pando and Karoli Kuns on the liberal site Crooks and Liars, a Google search for Abhishek Gattani² turned up nothing from the feminist ‘intellectual leadership,’ not from Melissa McEwan, not from Jessica Valenti. The New York Times took the Daily Beast story and put it on their Women in the World web page, a 21 hours after the Daily Beast original.
If there was ever a story about the left trying to ignore criminal brutality when it might have an impact on immigration policy of which they disapprove, this is it. Santa Clara District Attorney Jeff Rosen has a policy of avoiding charges which might lead to deportation of immigrants. The Mercury News quoted the soft-on-crime Mr Rosen:
In the DA’s office, we successfully prosecute more than 42,000 criminal cases a year, and send hundreds of men and women to jail and prison each year.
Most of these inmates will serve their sentences and get released back into our community. These inmates are not the ‘other.’ They are our brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers, friends and neighbors.
Yet here he has had opportunities to not have criminals released back into his community, and has declined them. He has attempted to eliminate the ‘unconscious victim’ loophole that got Brock Turner off so lightly, but had one of his minions negotiate a lower sentence on a lesser offense to keep Mr Gattani safe from deportation. He should want Mr Gattani locked up for years, and then deported once he gets out, to protect the women of Santa Clara.
This is a horrible story, one in which I would expect the feminist left to be outraged. The Brock Turner case sure got their dander up, but Mr Turner was a white American, who couldn’t be deported, so their outrage didn’t impact immigration policies. One would think that the Gattani case would also anger them, but, Alas! it could be seen as supporting deportation and President Trump’s policies, even though Mr Gattani is a legal immigrant. Even to the feminists, opposing Mr Trump on immigration is much more important that abuse of women.
Cross-posted, in slightly different form, on The First Street Journal.
¹ – Miss Marcotte’s Salon author page accessed at 5:42 PM EDT
² – Conducted at 5:53 PM EDT.