Stanford rape case judge removed from office

  • Stanford rape case judge removed from office

Stanford rape case judge removed from office

While Turner may be walking free, though, the recall of Judge Persky sends an important message to the American people: sexual assault should not warrant a light sentence, and those who continue to prop up rape culture will eventually be removed from power.

Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky, a former prosecutor appointed to the bench in 2003 by then-governor Gray Davis next month will become the first sitting judge recalled in more than 80 years in the state.

"You took away my worth, my privacy, my energy, my time, my intimacy, my confidence, my own voice, until today", she read. NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Stanford law professor Michele Dauber, who led the campaign to recall the judge. "This is a historical moment in time".

The Democratic-controlled state legislature subsequently passed a law requiring judges to sentence those guilty of sexual assault to prison time rather than the county jail, as in Turner's case, and to prescribe longer terms of incarceration, this under conditions where, in 2011, the United States Supreme Court wrote that California's state prisons were so dangerously overcrowded that it violated the Eighth Amendment right of prisoners to be free from "cruel and unusual punishment".

On the other hand, Spivak said, recalls that qualify for the ballot usually succeed, as they did in California on Tuesday, when both Persky and state Sen. He has asserted that his recall would undermine the independence of the judiciary. But Persky told The Associated Press in an interview that he has no regrets over how he handled the case or his courtroom. Experts say the circumstances of the Persky case won't be replicated easily.

In late 2016, California's Commission on Judicial Performance, cleared Persky of judicial misconduct for the sentencing of Turner. "The campaign has clearly stated that its message is "Judges watch out" and has spent more than $1 million to remove one judge who followed the law", they noted.

In 2016, the case of Brock Turner gained worldwide recognition after the teen was handed a shockingly short prison sentence for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman.

Turner, who must register as a sex offender for the rest of his life, was released from jail after serving only three months for good behavior. Judges must take many factors into consideration.

The victim, who came to be known as Emily Doe, testified she was passed out behind a trash can when two men saw Turner on top of her.

Clinton declared herself in favor of eliminating the presumption of innocence for those accused of sexual assault, in the name of "believing the victims".