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Judge From Stanford Rape Trial Will No Longer Hear Criminal Cases

 

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Judge Aaron Persky, the man responsible for giving convicted rapist Brock Turner a six month prison sentence, will no longer preside over criminal cases. Persky himself requested the change, according to Mercury News. He will begin hearing civil cases in San Jose beginning on September 6.

The move comes just days after Persky recused himself from another trialinvolving a sex crime. In this case, a 48-year-old man had pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography. Again, many looked at Persky’s proposed sentence of four days in prison and felt it to be entirely too lenient.

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Presiding Judge Rise Pichon in Palo Alto released the following statement:

While I firmly believe in Judge Persky’s ability to serve in his current assignment, he has requested to be assigned to the civil division, in which he previously served. Judge Perky believes the change will aid the public and the court by reducing the distractions that threaten to interfere with his ability to effectively discharge the duties of his current criminal assignment.

Persky has faced considerable criticism since his sentencing of Brock Turner, including a recall effort supported by Stanford law professor Michele Dauber. Dauber said she is “pleased” Persky won’t be hearing criminal cases for now, she also stressed “this doesn’t change anything.” Dauber warned, “he can transfer back. So, the issue of his bias still needs to be decided by voters.”

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