Brock Turner Judge Steps Away From New Sex-Crimes Case
Aaron Persky says he thinks some may doubt his ability to be impartial
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 23, 2016 6:46 AM CDT
This June 27, 2011, file photo shows Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky, who drew criticism for sentencing former Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner to only six months in jail...   (Jason Doiy/The Recorder via AP, File)

(Newser) – A California judge under fire for the light sentence he gave to ex-Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner has recused himself from making his first key decision in another sex-crimes case, per the AP. Santa Clara County Judge Aaron Persky filed a statement with the court saying that some people might doubt his impartiality, the Mercury News reports. The judge is the target of a recall campaign that started in June after he sentenced Turner, then 20, to six months in jail for sexually assaulting an intoxicated woman who passed out behind a trash bin after a fraternity party. Persky was scheduled this week to consider a request from Robert Chain to reduce his conviction for possessing child pornography from a felony to a misdemeanor. The judge said last year he would be receptive to the idea if the plumber stayed sober.

"While on vacation earlier this month, my family and I were exposed to publicity surrounding this case," the judge wrote in his brief ruling. "This publicity has resulted in a personal family situation such that 'a person aware of the facts might reasonably entertain a doubt that the judge would be able to be impartial.'" The newspaper reports that Michele Dauber, a Stanford law professor who's leading the recall campaign, said she's pleased by Persky's recusal. Gary Goodman, a deputy public defender who opposes a recall, said the recusal is a prime example of Persky's integrity. Also Monday, Stanford University officials announced a ban on hard liquor at undergraduate on-campus parties. The move follows the outcry over the sentence for the assault, which happened after both Turner and his victim drank at a campus party.
 

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