SAN JOSE — The annual list of new job assignments for Santa Clara County Superior Court judges nearly always contains a few nuggets, and the new roster is no exception.
Judge Aaron Persky, faced with the first viable recall threat in California in more than eight decades, has volunteered to take an assignment he can do from home, out of the direct public eye.
Club member Alice Smith, former co-chair of Dean Dems, strongly opposes the recall. She stated that Turner’s sentence was acceptable because it “Does not put him in prison where he himself probably would have been raped in the first few weeks” (is this a consideration we apply to all offenders?) and “[giving] him and others like him a chance to grow up makes sense.” As a survivor, I would love to hear why rapists need more chances.
Santa Clara County prosecutor Cindy Hendrickson has tested the stormy waters and is taking the plunge.
We’re talking about entering the turbulent race to replace Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky in a recall election expected to take place in June. She’s the first to announce.
A small, simple pavilion now occupies the notorious spot where ex-Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner sexually assaulted an unconscious woman in 2015. The dumpster that once marked the crime scene is gone.
Still in place, however: Judge Aaron Persky, who stirred outrage by sentencing Turner to a mere six months in jail after his jury conviction on three felony counts.
A photo of Brock Turner next to a definition of rape in a criminal justice textbook went viral after a WSU freshman shared the photo on her Facebook account two weeks ago.
Since then, Hannah Shumer, a pre-law criminal justice major, has seen her photo liked over 63,000 times and shared over 100,000 times.