Judge who gave Brock Turner lenient sentence for sexual assault voted out of office as Aaron Persky, 56, lost his effort to stay on the bench
Persky refused to step down from his bench, characterizing the campaign to oust him as “fundamentally unfair”
When Brock Turner was convicted, the ‘Predator Stanford swimmer’ was not sorry he raped an unconscious young woman, – just very sorry [he was caught], himself
Turner, 22, was a Stanford student athlete when he was caught sexually assaulting an unconscious woman by dumpster outside frat house, in Jan 2015
Arrested, the swimmer, an Olympic hopeful withdrew from Stanford, he was charged with 5 counts felony , reduced to 3: assault with intent to commit rape of an intoxicated or unconscious person, sexual penetration of an intoxicated person and sexual penetration of an unconscious person
Convicted on all counts, Turner was facing prison sentence of up to 14 years and having to register as a sex offender, inexplicably, judge Aaron Persky, sentenced him to only 6 months and 3 years probation, in June 2016
Citing Turner’s age and lack of criminal history as factors in his decision Persky said at sentencing “A prison sentence would have a severe impact on him … I think he will not be a danger to others”??
The seemingly unrepentant Turner then claimed he has lost everything he has worked for in life, through no fault of his
Outrage over the case only intensified when three months into the sentence, Turner was released for good behavior, but is now required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.
The scant punishment prompted Prof. Michele Dauber to kick off the recall campaign shortly after the June 2016 sentencing
An intransigent Aaron Persky was voted off the bench by California voters in the aftermath of the Turner sentencing scandal
The controversial judge Aaron Persky, who slapped ex-Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner with what critics called a light sentence for attempted rape will be officially removed from office.
The Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge was recalled from office by the voters Tuesday, two years after he set off national outrage by sentencing a Stanford athlete to six months in jail for sexually assaulting and attempting to rape an unconscious woman.
Persky was voted off the bench in Santa Clara County on Tuesday, as the San Francisco Chronicle noted nearly 60% favored the recall effort with 39% of precincts reporting.
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The light punishment prompted Prof. Michele Dauber to kick off the recall campaign shortly after the June 2016 sentencing.
Persky, 56, is now likely to be replaced by Cindy Hendrickson, who led in votes to finish out his term’s final four years and supported the recall measure, the Chronicle reported.
Turner attacked the intoxicated, unconscious woman behind a dumpster at an on-campus frat party.
He fought the sexual assault charges with a lawyer hired by his upper middle class family. Outrage over the case only intensified when three months into the sentence, Turner was released for good behavior.
Judge Aaron Persky was doomed after the ‘slap on the wrist’ sentence he gave convicted rapist Brock Turner [photo]. The convict was later released after only three months for good behavior
Brock committed his sex offense at 19. At 22, he is now required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.
Persky expressed little regret for his order and told The Associated Press last month he would not change how he handled the case. Until the issue Persky, 56, who was appointed to the bench in 2003 by Gov. Gray Davis, subsequently winning two new six-year terms without opposition,drew little public attention or criticism until 2016, when he presided over the sexual assault trial of Stanford student Brock Turner.
National focus on the case increased after the victim’s heart-wrenching impact statement was shared with BuzzFeed and read to members of Congress.
The judge ignored a recommended six-year prison sentence from prosecutors and instead listened to advice from the county probation department for Turner’s punishment.
In her victim impact statement, Emily Doe said to Turner “You have taken away my worth, my privacy, my energy, my time, my safety, my intimacy, my confidence.”
She considered the proposed jail sentence “an insult to me and all women,”e had taken away the victim said. The statement went viral, galvanized women’s rights advocates, igniting a campaign that generated nearly 100,000 signatures on recall petitions.
It was also instrumental in the rapid enactment of a new state law requiring at least three years in prison for sexual penetration of an unconscious victim.
Volunteers for the Recall Persky Campaign, outside the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters in Jan 2018,. The group turned in nearly 100,000 signatures at the Santa Clara to call for the recall of Judge Aaron Persky
The northern California judge believes he is the “most hated man on the internet” for the ruling. Most of the backlash preceded the far-reaching #MeToo movement against sexual harassment and assault.
Amid the recall effort, an intransigent Persky refused to step down from his bench. In the interview, he took an exception to the campaign to oust him as “fundamentally unfair.”
While removing a sitting judge in California is rare, it has precedence. Voters last recalled a judge in 1932, the fourth since 1911.