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World Judge who gave Brock Turner lenient six-month sentence in Stanford rape case recalled

03:21  07 june  2018
03:21  07 june  2018 Source:   usatoday.com

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The maximum sentence in Mr. Turner ’s case was 14 years, and Judge Persky had sentenced him Opponents of the recall , including some who disagreed with Judge Persky’s decision in Mr. Turner ’s case , argued that this electoral punishment would make other judges reluctant to be lenient in cases

Judge Aaron Persky, who gave Brock Turner lenient sentence in rape case , recalled from office. Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron He is drawing sharp criticism for sentencing former Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner to only six months in jail for sexually assaulting an

The controversial judge who sparked outrage after offering a lenient sentence to Brock Turner, a former Stanford University swimmer convicted of sexual assault, was recalled from office Wednesday — becoming the first California jurist recalled from the bench in 86 years. 

Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky, 56, became the target of a recall after sentencing Turner, who could have faced 14 years in prison, to only six months behind bars.

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Brock Turner also lost a swimming scholarship to Stanford and has given up on his goal of competing at the Olympics. In a statement, the Santa Clara, Calif., district attorney, Jeff Rosen, said the sentence “did not fit the crime,” and he called Brock Turner , who withdrew from Stanford , a

Yes the judge could have given a harsher sentence . But he did give one in line with the recommendations of the probation department. It also goes on to say that the DA who prosecuted Turner , although upset at Turner 's sentence , defended the judge and opposed the recall .

While the now-famous 2016 sentencing hearing happened before the #MeToo movement took hold over the country, ballots cast Tuesday were made in the backdrop of the movement, which has emboldened sexual assault survivors and forced criminal investigations and oustings of powerful men, most notably with Harvey Weinstein. 

Persky's supporters contend Turner's sentence was lawful — and the recommended sentence from probation officials. But those calling for the recall say this is just one of many sentences handed down from Persky that were far too light. 

Two women are running on the ballot to succeed Persky: civil attorney Angela Storey and prosecutor Cindy Hendrickson.

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Within days, a politically connected Stanford law professor who was friends with the victim launched Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen didn't appeal the sentence . The case sparked a Persky is white and holds undergraduate degrees from Stanford and a law degree from the University

Persky, who declined to comment Tuesday, said repeatedly that he couldn’t discuss the case that spurred the recall because Turner has appealed his conviction. But the judge said the publicity of Turner ’s arrest and trial and the man’s loss of a swimming scholarship also factored into his sentence .

The results of the vote came nearly two years after Persky's decision. During the sentencing hearing, Persky cited Turner's age, 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.

Turner ended up only serving three months due to good behavior. 

He was convicted of assault with intent to commit rape of an intoxicated/unconscious person, penetration of an intoxicated person and penetration of an unconscious person.

The victim, Emily Doe, then 23, read an emotional 7,000-word statement during the sentencing detailing the impact to her life and the horror of the 2015 attack, including taking a shower at the hospital after two bicyclists spotted her being assaulted by Turner and chased him down. 

"I stood there examining my body beneath the stream of water and decided, I don't want my body anymore. I was terrified of it, I didn't know what had been in it, if it had been contaminated, who had touched it," she said. "I wanted to take off my body like a jacket and leave it at the hospital with everything else."

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Outrage over 6 - month sentence for Brock Turner in Stanford rape case . "This judge is a horrible judge . he gave a six month sentence to a man convicted for three felony counts due to rape . Another letter has gone viral this week: from Turner 's father, who urged the judge to go easy on his

Judge in Brock Turner case recalled . The controversial judge who sparked outrage after offering a lenient sentence to Brock Turner , a former Stanford University Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky, 56, became the target of a recall after sentencing Turner , who could have

FILE - In this May 15, 2018 file photo, Judge Aaron Persky poses for photos in Los Altos Hills, Calif. Persky says he would handle the sexual assault case of former Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner the same way today as he did almost exactly two years ago, even though it's the reason why he is the target of a June 5 recall election in Santa Clara County. Persky sentenced Turner to six months in jail. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File) © (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File) FILE - In this May 15, 2018 file photo, Judge Aaron Persky poses for photos in Los Altos Hills, Calif. Persky says he would handle the sexual assault case of former Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner the same way today as he did almost exactly two years ago, even though it's the reason why he is the target of a June 5 recall election in Santa Clara County. Persky sentenced Turner to six months in jail. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File) Her statement, published in full by BuzzFeed, quickly went viral. It drew more than 10 million views within four days and resonated with thousands of sexual assault survivors across the nation along with helping others across the nation understand the pain and horror of sexual assault. 

Within days after the sentencing hearing, Persky was quietly "re-elected" to a six-year term without a vote because he had drawn no challengers.

A recall effort was quickly initiated, and a Change.org petition drew more than 1.3 million supporters. Stanford law professor Michele Dauber has led the charge.

"Judge Persky has failed women in a very significant way, and the voters are going to hold him accountable," Dauber said. "Many eyes are going to be on Santa Clara County as a model for how to respond to bias against women in the legal system."

Persky, who declined to talk with the media in the days and weeks following the sentencing, still won't discuss the case because of pending appeals. But, his polling numbers in decline, Persky did discuss the "misguided" recall effort at a recent news conference.

"We ask judges to follow the rule of law, not the rule of public opinion," he said. "The recall, if successful, threatens the integrity of our justice system."

Turner met the victim during a fraternity party. Both were drunk and Turner brought the victim outside and assaulted her next to trash bins.

Two graduate students on bicycles rode up and saw the unconscious woman being assaulted. They shouted, then tackled Turner when he tried running away. 

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