California judge who sentenced Stanford swimmer faces voters

The Latest: Early results show voters favoring judge recall

The Latest: Early results show voters favoring judge recall

"The problem with this recall is, it will pressure judges to follow the rule of public opinion as opposed to the rule of law", he said.

Persky, 56, had served on the court since 2003.

Persky is only the fifth judge in California history to be booted out of office before his term is up - and the first in 86 years.

Persky became the first judge recalled in California since 1932, when three Los Angeles County judges were ousted after the local bar association accused of them of graft.

While the now-famous 2016 sentencing hearing happened before the #MeToo movement took hold over the country, ballots cast Tuesday were made in the backdrop of the movement, which has emboldened sexual assault survivors and forced criminal investigations and oustings of powerful men, most notably with Harvey Weinstein. In addition to her remarks at the Tuesday night news conference, Dauber posted a triumphant tweet from the watch party. Elected to a six-year term in 2016, the judge caused national outrage after he sided with probation officers and handed a six-month jail sentence to Brock Turner, the Stanford swimmer who was convicted of sexually abusing an unconscious woman near a dumpster on the Ivy League campus. Like Turner, Persky was a Stanford athlete.

Former Stanford student Brock Turner is shown in this Santa Clara County Sheriff's booking photo released June 7. She added in reference to the victim that, "This victory is not just for Emily Doe, but for girls and women everywhere".

"You took away my worth, my privacy, my energy, my time, my intimacy, my confidence, my own voice, until today", she read. "I carry it with me". He said he was following the advice of the probation department, which did not recommend prison time. He had faced up to 14 years in prison, and under normal sentencing guidelines would have been likely to receive at least two years behind bars. Turner would only wind up spending three months in jail.

For his part, Turner has to register as a sex offender for life. Critics say the sentence was too lenient.

Dauber's effort, which organized behind the Recall Persky Campaign, raised more than $1 million in donations, according to ABC San Francisco station KGO-TV. As a judge, my role is to consider both sides. Such elections are rare - the last time a USA judge was recalled was in 1977. "Following the law isn't necessary popular and judges need some form of insulation from public perception".

Persky will be immediately replaced by Cindy Hendrickson, an assistant district attorney was publicly supportive of the recall effort.

In a commentary in the Mercury Sun, the presiding judge, Patricia Lucas, and two former judges argued the recall threatened judges' judicial independence.

During the May 8 news conference, he said that the threat of a recall "is a subtle and insidious, silent corrupting force ... that will enter the minds of judges as they contemplate hard decisions".

Calls for Persky's recall began nearly immediately, with a petition calling for his removal from the bench garnering nearly one million signatures.

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