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Brock Turner Judge Is First Recalled in Decades

Tight California races still too close to call

(Newser) - Tuesday was a big day for primaries, with votes held in eight states, but one of the day's biggest results involved a judge, not a lawmaker. Voters in California have ousted Aaron Persky, the judge who sentenced former Stanford student Brock Turner to six months for sexually assaulting an... More »

In Today's 'Super Tuesday,' There's a Big Wild Card

California's 'top two' voting system could hurt Democrats' hopes of a 'blue wave'

(Newser) - Voters in eight states vote Tuesday in primaries, and the big focus is on California because it's seen as a gauge of whether Democrats can take control of the House. The party needs to take 23 GOP seats overall, and Tuesday's races in California feature at least seven... More »

Activists Fight to Recall Brock Turner Judge

Aaron Persky accused of 'pattern of bias'

(Newser) - "Santa Clara residents deserve a judge who will protect victims, not rapists," said Stanford law professor Michele Dauber as the campaign to recall the judge in the Brock Turner case officially began. Dauber and other activists filed a notice of intent Monday to recall Santa Clara Superior Court... More »

Brock Turner Judge Cleared of Misconduct

State judicial commission finds no evidence of bias in Stanford sex assault case

(Newser) - A California agency that oversees judicial discipline ruled Monday that Santa Clara County Judge Aaron Persky committed no misconduct when he sentenced former Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner to six months in jail for sexually assaulting a young woman, reports the AP . The California Commission on Judicial Performance "has... More »

Brock Turner Judge Steps Away From New Sex-Crimes Case

Aaron Persky says he thinks some may doubt his ability to be impartial

(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... More »

Petition Aims to Leave Brock Turner Judge Jury-Less

'If he doesn't have a jury, he can't do his job'

(Newser) - More than 5,000 Californians have signed a petition stating they will refuse to serve on a jury in Aaron Persky’s courtroom following his lenient sentence for Stanford sex criminal Brock Turner , reports the San Jose Mercury News . The "Don't Serve in Judge Persky's Court" petition... More »

Brock Turner Judge Was Harsher in Similar Case

Latino man's sentence was 6 times longer

(Newser) - The Brock Turner controversy rumbles on: A defendant from a very different background than the former Stanford student received a much harsher sentence from the same judge in a similar case, the Guardian reports. According to court records, Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky oversaw a plea deal... More »

Stanford Rape Judge Pulled From New Sex-Assault Case

DA says he doesn't think Persky can 'fairly participate'

(Newser) - Aaron Persky, the judge widely condemned for his lenient ruling in the Stanford rape case , has been abruptly removed from a new sexual-assault case. District Attorney Jeff Rosen says he lost confidence in Persky after he took the unusual step of ending a misdemeanor mail theft case midtrial on Monday,... More »

Would-Be Jurors Boycotting Stanford Rape Judge

He's also accused of siding with suspects in teen gang-rape case

(Newser) - The judge in the Stanford rape case isn't just facing a petition to get him off the bench —he's become so unpopular that potential jurors are bailing. KPIX reports that on Wednesday, some 20 potential jurors refused to serve on a jury in an unrelated stolen-goods case... More »

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