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Judge Who Sentenced Stanford Athlete to Six Months for Rape Ousted in Recall Election

Activists hold a rally before delivering over one million signatures to the California Commission on Judicial Performance calling for the removal of Judge Aaron Persky from the bench (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky was recalled in Tuesday’s election in California. That marks the first time a judge has been removed from the bench in the Golden State since 1932.

The reason Persky has become so unpopular stems from a ruling he issued in a very public case in 2016. Brock Turner, a Stanford University student who had been found guilty of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman outside of a campus party, was sentenced to a mere six months in prison by Judge Persky. The lenient sentencing outraged the nation and resulted in people showing up at the polls to take care of business.

News of the vote went viral on Twitter:

Yesterday at the polls, 59 percent of the voters chose to recall Persky:

The removal of the judge from his post following such a lenient sentencing for such a serious offense affected women everywhere.

There was, of course, speculation online as to why Persky lost his job:

The results of the election leave some people struggling with the decision, despite disagreeing with the sentence Persky issued to Turner:

Ultimately, what many wanted from this incident is for judges to take violence against women more seriously:

How do you feel about the judge being recalled?