Don't let the door hit you on the way out, Aaron Persky! The judge who gave former Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner a six-month sentence for sexual assault has been removed. California voters chose to recall the 56-year-old on Wednesday, June 6 — a decision that hasn't happened in the state in more than 80 years.
In January, a statement made by the Santa Clara County Superior Court revealed that a petition to recall Persky received enough valid signatures to proceed to the ballot. "After conducting a random sampling of the 94,539 signatures submitted by a campaign to recall Judge Aaron Persky from the Santa Clara County Superior Court, the Registrar of Voters (ROV) found a sufficient number of them to be valid," the statement read.
Turner sexually assaulted an unconscious woman at a party in 2015, and a jury convicted him on all three charges: sexual penetration with a foreign object of an intoxicated person, sexual penetration with a foreign object of an unconscious person, and intent to commit rape. However, Persky only sentenced Turner to six months in jail — of which he served half for good behavior — with three years probation. It should be noted that the maximum jail sentence for sexual assault in the state of California is 14 years.
At the time, Persky was criticized for his handling of the case, but now two years after his conviction, people are thrilled. "Glad to hear Santa Clara County in California showed their distaste for the Judge who let rapist Brock Turner off easy," one person wrote. Another added, "Great news: The judge involved in the Brock Turner case — who only got a six-month sentence for rape — was just voted out of office. Good riddance." Good riddance, indeed.
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