Santa Clara County judge Aaron Persky, who infamously slapped Stanford rapist Brock Turner with a light sentencing, will no longer hear criminal cases.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Thursday, August 25, 2016, 9:27 PM
The California judge infamous for dishing out a slap on the wrist for Brock Turner’s sexual assault will no longer hear criminal cases.
Just days after recusing himself from a child pornography case, Santa Clara county judge Aaron Persky has requested to be reassigned, in an attempt to shutter himself off from any criminal cases, the Mercury News reports.
The judge will begin exclusively hearing civil cases on Sept. 6 in San Jose, which he was previously assigned to.
“Judge Persky 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,” presiding Judge Rise Pichon said in a statement.
Persky had been under intense scrutiny since his light sentencing for the Stanford University swimmer, who was slapped with six months in county jail despite facing 14 years for a sexual assault conviction.
Persky had to remove himself from a child pornography case after public outcry against the judge compromised his impartial position as a judge, he explained.
Brock Turner was convicted for sexual assault and faced up to 14 years in prison. Judge Aaron Persky sentenced him to six months.
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But even in civil trials, Persky has also had a muddied history as a judge.
In a set of controversial decisions during a 10-week civil trial in 2011, Persky made rulings that benefited a team of De Anza College baseball players accused of gang rape, crumbling the female victim’s argument.
In that civil trial, Persky allowed lawyers for the accused rapist athletes to show Facebook photos of the victim in revealing clothes, despite the fact that it had nothing to do with the case.
Even after Persky’s move from criminal to civil cases, the outcry for his recall remains strong.
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