The judge who drew national criticism for giving a six-month jail sentence to a Stanford swimmer convicted of three felony sex crimes was recalled by voters. Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky was the first California judge recalled since 1932, according to the Associated Press.
Persky was criticized over the sentence given to Brock Turner, who sexually assaulted a woman behind a dumpster in a case that drew national attention — for the sentence, for the powerful public statement by the woman who was assaulted, and by a plea from Turner’s father for leniency. Persky had defended himself against the recall, saying he had fought for victims in his time as a prosecutor and that he tried to balance rehabilitation and probation for first-time offenders.
The recall effort was led by Stanford law professor Michele Landis Dauber.