USA rape case judge removed from office

The Left's Brock Turner Hypocrisy

The Latest: Early results show voters favoring judge recall

Judge Persky Recalled over Brock Turner sentencingBy removing Judge Persky from the bench, voters made it clear that the six-month sentence given to Brock Turner for sexual assault was not acceptable.

Voters opted to oust Santa Clara County Judge Aaron Persky, the first time a California judge has been removed in this way since 1932.

Persky, himself a former Stanford athlete, said at a news conference last month that when he ruled on Turner's term he had been bound by sentencing guidelines and probation department recommendations. However, the judge cited Turner's age, as well as the fact that both he and the victim were drunk and that prison time could have a "severe" impact on Turner's life, as the reasoning behind the lenient six-month sentence. However, Persky sentenced Turner to only six months in jail and he was released after serving three months behind bars, reported the Associated Press.

Mr Persky is white and holds undergraduate degrees from Stanford and a law degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

Less than 24 hours after a bitter campaign ended with voters overwhelmingly approving California's first recall of a sitting judge in almost a century, the legal profession may be setting up for another fight. "And when you step into a courtroom before a judge, you will expect. you will demand a judge who will follow the rule of law", he said.

According to the Los Angeles Times, 59 percent of those who cast ballots voted for Persky's recall.

On the other side of the debate are veteran legal professionals who say that ousting Persky could set a unsafe precedent, threatening judicial independence and forcing judges to mete out harsher sentences simply to stave off public outrage and political repercussions.

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"One thing that came out of this was, I got a lot of contacts from people in different states saying, 'This city council member abused his wife, you know, how can I make a movement like yours, '" she said. But in Santa Clara county, the debate has changed into something different - an argument about how best to correct a mistake.

Turner was seen by two other students sexually assaulting his victim, now 23, behind an outdoor rubbish bin in January 2015. "This was such an egregious crime", Kells said.

The recall campaign has been led by Stanford Law professor Michelle Dauber, a family friend of the victim.

"We did everything we could possibly do to fight the most dishonest campaign I had ever encountered".

A statement from the victim captured the national spotlight, recounting the ordeal of the investigation and trial, where she was cross-examined about her drinking habits and sexual experience. Persky made global headlines in 2016 for the lenient sentence he gave convicted rapist Brock Turner. When asked why he remained silent for so long, Persky told reporters that he considered it the job of judges to take criticism and to stand silent and be independent. Those who remember it, remember a bad judge making a bad decision and that's about it.

But Dauber dismissed the report as "a one-sided, closed-door proceeding". Turner is also required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

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