Activists from UltraViolet, a national women'€™s advocacy organization, attempt to deliver over one million signatures to the California Commission on Judicial Performance calling for the removal of Judge Aaron Persky from the bench.
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The judge who sentenced former Stanford swimmer Brock Turner to six months in jail for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman will no longer preside over criminal cases.
Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky became the subject of protests and a recall campaign after sentencing Turner in June. Sentencing guidelines suggested a minimum of two years and up to 14 years in prison; Turner was sentenced to six months in jail and is expected to serve half that time.
The victim read a powerful letter on the assault's impact on her life in court, which was later published by BuzzFeed News. Persky said he arrived at what was criticized as an overly lenient sentence because Turner showed “genuine remorse.”
On Thursday, court officials announced that Persky requested to be transferred to civil cases, and he will trade assignments with a judge who desired to move from San Jose to Palo Alto. The reassignment takes effect Sept. 6.
“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,” Presiding Judge Risë Jones Pichon said in a statement. “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.”