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Aaron Persky, Brock Turner's Lenient Judge, May Be Benched

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By    |   Thursday, 25 January 2018 11:59 AM

Aaron Persky, the judge who sentenced former Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner to six months behind bars for a sexual assault, could be tossed off the bench.

The Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters announced on Tuesday that it had received enough signatures on a recent petition to qualify the embattled judge’s recall for a countrywide vote, The Los Angeles Times reported.

The effort was launched after Persky delivered the lenient sentencing to Turner in 2016, after he was found guilty of sexually assaulting a woman at a frat party a year prior.

The athlete was facing up to 14 years in prison, with prosecutors calling for at least six years jail time, but Persky instead sentenced him to six months in prison and three years' probation.

Turner ended up serving only half of the sentence because of a state law initiated to reduce overcrowding in prisons.

The recall campaign was launched in June 2017, initially requiring 58,634 signatures within 160 days, The New York Daily News noted.

The period effectively ended this month and although only 58,634 signatures were needed, the petition has since received over 94,000 participants.

Stanford Law School Professor Michele Dauber, the leader of the recall campaign, said it was “part of a national social movement to end impunity for athletes and other privileged perpetrators of sexual assault and violence against women,” according to The Mercury News.

 “Judge Persky has a long history of bias in these cases and that is why so many voters signed the petition. It’s time for him to leave the bench and I am confident that in June the voters will agree.”

According to ABC News, the Board of Supervisors will hear the matter on Feb. 6.

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