The petition to recall Judge Aaron Persky ’84 A.M. ’85, the presiding judge in the sexual assault case against former Stanford student Brock Turner, reached nearly 100,000 signatures Thursday. The petition comes as part of a campaign to to recall Persky for the lenient sentence of former Stanford swimmer Brock Turner through the June ballot.
While the recall campaign continued to achieve success in fundraising and petitioning under the direction of Stanford Law School professor Michele Dauber, it was met this summer with increasingly frequent challenges from a growing campaign in support of retaining Judge Persky.
After Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky ‘84 MA ‘85 handed down what many have criticized as an overly light sentence in the Brock Turner case, activists started a recall campaign to unseat the judge. In the months following, Persky has pushed back.
For those who accuse Judge Aaron Persky ’84 M.A. ’85 of favoring former Stanford freshman Brock Turner with a relatively light six-month sentence for sexual assault, the Turner case has sparked closer scrutiny of potential bias in a supposedly impartial institution. Accusations of bias also arose during the trial back in March, around another courtroom figure that is at least in theory nonpartisan: the expert witness.