Santa Clara County voters have recalled Judge Aaron Persky ’84 M.A. ’85, who raised national controversy after sentencing former Stanford swimmer Brock Turner to six months in jail for sexual assault of an unconscious woman. Persky is the first California judge to be recalled since 1932.
Two years after handing down a controversial ruling in a sexual assault case that drew international scrutiny, Judge Aaron Persky ’84 M.A. ’85 broke his silence on Tuesday morning to denounce the June 5 recall measure that could remove him from the bench.
On Tuesday evening at Stanford Law School, Stanford Law Professor Mark Lemley and Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of UC Berkeley’s law school, debated the merits of recalling Judge Aaron Persky ’84 M.A. ’85.
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.
The University has experienced “very high retention rates and high recruitment success” in hiring of junior faculty, according to Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity Karen Cook. Faculty, however, have cited several exceptions to Stanford’s overall success in this area.