Recall Efforts Begin to Remove Stanford Rape Case Judge

Brock Turner, a former Stanford swimmer, was sentenced to six months in jail and three years' probation

A move is underway to oust the California judge who sparked outrage when he sentenced a former Stanford University swimmer to just six months in jail for raping an unconscious woman behind a dumpster outside a campus frat party, NBC News reported.

The sentence Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky imposed on Brock Turner, 20, has been blasted by the victim as a "mockery of the seriousness of his assault" and called a "slap on the wrist" by the San Jose Mercury News.

In their recall petition, noted that "Judge Persky failed to see that the fact that Brock Turner is a white male star athlete at a prestigious university does not entitle him to leniency. He also failed to send the message that sexual assault is against the law regardless of social class, race, gender or other factors."

Persky, 54, did not immediately return a call for comment about his controversial sentence or the drive to remove him from the bench.


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