Growing Outrage at Judge Who Went Soft on Stanford Rapist
A recall effort is underway for a Santa Clara County Superior Court judge who sentenced a convicted college rapist to just six months in jail.
Twenty-year-old Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner was caught attacking an unconscious woman behind a dumpster in January of last year. He was later convicted of three counts of sexual assault by a jury of his peers—a crime that carries a maximum sentence of 14 years.
To the dismay of many, Judge Aaron Persky gave Turner only six months; with good behavior, he could be out in three. A longer sentence, Persky explained, would have had a "severe impact" on the young man.
Yes, you read that right.
Outrage over the decision has erupted across the country and prompted a petition for the judge's ouster. The anger was exacerbated by a statement from the rapist's father, seemingly downplaying the incident as a mere "20 minutes of action" and lamenting his son's inability to enjoy steak since his conviction.
Opponents of the judge are facing an uphill battle, to say the least, because the recall of a judge in California is extremely rare. The best way to get rid of a judge is through election. This year, Persky ran unopposed.
Read more about the recall effort against Judge Aaron Persky here.