The California judge who sparked controversy in the handling of former Stanford swimmer Brock Turner's sexual assault case has been recalled by voters in Santa Clara County. According to The Mercury News , he is the first sitting judge to be removed by recall in California since 1932.
With 81 percent of the precincts reporting, 59.6 percent of voters said they wanted to oust judge Aaron Persky. About 40 percent said he should stay in office.
Persky sentenced Turner to six months in jail in 2016 for the sexual assault of an intoxicated, unconscious woman outside a campus frat party. The ruling fueled national outrage, as he rejected the prosecutors’ request for a six-year prison sentence.
In response to the original sentence Persky gave Turner, a recall campaign was launched to convince Santa Clara County voters to unseat him. Persky said at the time he took into consideration factors such as Turner’s age and lack of a criminal record, the victim’s trauma and the fact that both were drinking.
“The vote today — if the numbers hold — is a vote against impunity for high-status offenders of domestic violence and sexual violence,” Stanford law professor Michele Dauber, who led the recall campaign, said via the Mercury News. She added in reference to the victim that, “This victory is not just for Emily Doe, but for girls and women everywhere.”
Turner was released from custody after only three months as a result of good behavior under a policy aimed at reducing jail overcrowding.