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Brock Turner judge Aaron Persky responds to calls for his removal

Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky, who came under fire for sentencing former Stanford swimmer Brock Turner to six months in county jail for sexual assault, sought Friday to dismiss demands for his removal, saying the court of law should be separated from the court of public opinion. Full Article

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  1. 1984

    Judge Aaron Persky did his job by the book. He selected from all the options provided to him. I do not believe a couple of hot heads should be able to cause such a disturbance and cost to everyone else for their needs. If this Judge Persky was showing any favoritism in his past sentencing, there are agencies that would have taken him out.

    • Peggy golden

      Aaron Persky’s handling of this case was fair, accurate and objective. I support him fully
      In his attempts to dismiss this recall, and am willing to join a support demonstration, or
      sign a petition in support of him. I concur with his statement that the court of law should be separated from the court of public opinion. Opinions are not well informed, nor well thought out often,
      and can represent many different and opposing viewpoints.
      Those people who are pushing for a recall seem to be ignoring the fact that the young
      man has been consequently labeled as a sex offender. This will follow him, and will likely have major effects on, and throughout his life. Even a pausing glance at the significance of this kind of impact manifests the severity of the punishment.

      • The Unforgiven

        Thank you for the last paragraph. I wrote once before on here about that subject. I don’t get why everyone complains about the lack of jail time considering how blood thirsty people can get with punishment. He got it what people love to see, revenge, and an ultimate punishment. He didn’t get away with anything and a longer jail term means nothing when your life is ruined by the offender status.

  2. Harry

    I wonder how many of these “50 area activists” are playing around in the closet? Of those ” 50 area activists” would love to have Aaron Persky to be their judge when they are facing prison?

  3. Crazy, just crazy

    Then this should make every elected Judge fearful of their job if they don’t do the popular thing in the case presented and not the legal by book thing, though a judge can do what they please in the end, e.g. a lighter sentence than what was recommended even.

    I don’t agree with lifetime judicial appointments at any level or electing judges at all. Judges appointed to terms, to me, is better for a specific time, e.g. like a cabinet member. I don’t mean for long terms either, e.g. 15 years, but something like six years then renewed if desired, but to two terms only. I realize this would really put the courts in a conundrum with who was appointing judges and how they may judge, but at least it would cause some pause for a recall like this. The appointer could always ask for their resignation since they are serving at the pleasure of the appointer.

    This group is looking for long sentences and then some it appears to ensure no one ever survives lockup. What are they going to do if they are successful? Cause more work to be done to get a new judge in the court?

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