Judge Who Sentenced Stanford Swimmer Recalled Amid #MeToo Movement

Judge Aaron Persky poses with a sign opposing his recall in Los Altos Hills Calif. in May

Voters on Tuesday chose to recall Santa Clara County Judge Aaron Persky two years after the Turner case brought him worldwide scorn.

"This recall has targeted a judge who has absolutely no record or history of misconduct, who has never been found to have engaged in misconduct or bias", said LaDoris Cordell, a spokesman for one of the anti-recall efforts and a retired judge who served on the Superior Court of Santa Clara County from 1982 to 2001.

Persky, 56, had served on the court since 2003. County judges in California are elected by voters. Almost 60% of voters supported the removal of Persky, which will be the first time a judge has been recalled in California in 87 years. We voted that sexual violence is serious and it must be taken seriously by our elected officials.

Persky, himself a former Stanford athlete, held a news conference last month saying he had been bound by sentencing guidelines and recommendations of the probation department.

But opponents of the recall warned that Tuesday's lopsided result - Persky lost by 20 points - is also a powerful political force where it shouldn't be: the courtroom. Turner has appealed his conviction, and judicial canons bar judges from speaking directly about pending cases. She added in reference to the victim that, "This victory is not just for Emily Doe, but for girls and women everywhere".

"You took away my worth, my privacy, my energy, my time, my intimacy, my confidence, my own voice, until today", she said, referring to Turner. "You knocked down both our towers".

"When people doubt you or dismiss you, we are with you", she told a crush of TV cameras and reporters. "I carry it with me".

The judge who sentenced Brock Turner to six months in jail for sexual assault has lost his job.

If not for Persky's decision to go easy on him, Turner could have spent up to 14 years in prison. Turner would only wind up spending three months in jail. He returned to his parents' home near Dayton, Ohio, where he was required to register as a sex offender, the Dayton Daily News reported at the time. Rosen also opposed the recall, though he said the sentence was too lenient.

The Recall Persky Campaign issued a statement from Dauber after the early returns, the station said. The ouster marks the first time a California judge has been recalled from the bench in nearly a century. "It's not always popular, but it's the law, and I took an oath to follow it without regard to public opinion or my opinions as a former prosecutor". Instead, he was sentenced to six months, and got out after three months on good behavior.

With 100% of Santa Clara County precincts reporting, 60% of voters said Persky should be removed from the bench.

Legal experts don't expect Persky's ouster will unleash a fresh wave of judicial recalls, though some are concerned that even the threat could push judges to impose harsher sentences, particularly in sex cases.

The organizers behind the push to recall Persky did not immediately respond when asked for comment by the San Francisco Chronicle.

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