California Judge Aaron Persky was removed by voters, after his ruling that sentenced Brock Turner to six months in jail. The ruling set off national outrage, after the Stanford swimmer sexually assaulted an unconscious woman behind a dumpster. Sexual assault victims and survivors came forward to protest this ruling. Voters in Santa Clara County removed Judge Aaron Persky from the bench, with 59.6 percent of voters supporting the recall of Persky.
Persky has served on the court since 2003 and his supporters argued that the sentence would cause judges to hand out lengthier sentences in fear of public backlash.
The Washington Post reported that Stanford University professor and chair of the Recall Judge Aaron Persky Campaign said, “This election expresses clearly that sexual assault, sexual violence is serious and it has to be taken seriously by elected officials. It’s a historical moment when women across all sectors of society are standing up and saying, ‘Enough is enough.’”
The woman who Brock Turner assaulted, identified as Emily Doe, confronted Turner as she gave her victim impact statement that sent waves across the country for survivors to stand up and speak out.
She stated, “You have dragged me through this hell with you, dipped me back into that night again and again. You knocked down both our towers. I collapsed at the same time you did. Your damage was concrete, stripped of titles, degrees, enrollment. My damage was internal, unseen. I carry it with me.”
After Turner’s six- month jail sentence, The California legislature revised its penal code that requires judges to sentence sexual assault perpetrators to prison time rather than probation or jail. The vote is a historical marker, with many applauding the effort. It was the first time a California judge was recalled from the bench in 87 years.
Was his removal justified? 80% of you voted yes, he had to go, while 20% of you voted no. Read the full story on The Washington Post here.
Here’s how people on the Zip app are weighing in on this all over the country!
Voters removed Judge Aaron Persky, who sentenced Brock Turner to six months in the Stanford sexual assault case. Do you believe his removal was justified?
Zip users in 115 cities and 33 states weighed in on this question.