Voters recall Judge Aaron Persky (lenient sentence in rape case)

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In many states; state, county and local US elected officials can be removed by petition drive and special "recall" election, not just judges. Being lenient with a slime like this is a shortcut to "career change."






Judge Aaron Persky, whose June 2016 sentencing in the Brock Turner case sparked a national debate about sexual violence and judicial independence, was ousted from his seat on the Santa Clara County Superior Court by voters Tuesday evening.


With 43 percent of the precincts reporting, the campaign to recall Persky was enjoying a sizable lead, with 59 percent of Santa Clara County voters supporting the recall. With the numbers going against them, opponents of the recall conceded late Tuesday that California's first recall of a judge in more than 80 years is effectively a done deal.


The recall effort was led by Stanford University Law School Professor Michele Dauber and spurred by Persky's decision to sentence Turner to six months in county jail after a jury found him guilty of sexually assaulting an unconscious and intoxicated young woman in January 2015. Turner was arrested after two graduate students found him lying on top of the unresponsive, partially dressed woman behind a dumpster outside a fraternity house on the Stanford campus.




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