Judge In Brock Turner Case Recalled, First CA Judge Recalled Since '32

The Latest: Early results show voters favoring judge recall

"Tonight many, many voters voted against the culture of impunity for high-status perpetrators of sexual assault or domestic violence", Michele Dauber, a Stanford University professor and chair of the Recall Judge Aaron Persky Campaign, told The Washington Post. At the time of the attack, Turner was a freshman on Stanford's swim team. Recall supporters from around the country poured hundreds of thousands of dollars into the effort to oust Persky, furious with the lenient sentence handed down to Turner.

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.

Santa Clara County Judge Aaron Persky would be the first California judge recalled from office since 1932 if a majority of voters choose to remove him Tuesday.

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.

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Prosecutors had sought a 6-year sentence, though the crimes were punishable by up to 14 years in prison.

Assistant District Attorney Cindy Hendrickson is also poised to win the election to serve out the four remaining years of Persky's term.

Cordell said she would work to change California's recall law so judges can not be ousted for making a lawful judgment call. He didn't. No misconduct or malfeasance by him, no illegalities, just one unpopular decision during his years as a judge.

A U.S. judge who was widely criticised for his leniency towards a campus rapist has been removed from office by voters. "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". Early returns showed the recall effort leading, with 59 percent of voters supporting the recall and 40 percent opposing it.

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During a lengthy interview with The Associated Press last month, Persky said he didn't regret the decision and was taken aback by the reaction. "They are the ones who are going to receive the sentencings of these judges who are going to be hesitant, if not fearful, to impose a leniency in a sentence". "The basic rule is the rule of law", he said.

As of last August, more than 91 law professors - including almost 30 from Stanford - had signed a statement in "strong opposition" to the campaign, arguing that it "threatens the fundamental principles of judicial independence" and could continue the cycle of mass incarceration by encouraging harsher sentences, particularly for people of color and the poor.

"You took away my worth, my privacy, my energy, my time, my intimacy, my confidence, my own voice, until today", she said in a statement read in court before the June 2016 sentencing. However, lawmakers may amend the elections code to make judicial recalls more procedurally hard as they did to no avail in the case of state Sen. A recall target would be a first, however, and Edwards doesn't think a reappointment would work, at least not in Santa Clara County.

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