“The commission has concluded that there is not clear and convincing evidence of bias, abuse of authority, or other basis to conclude that Judge Persky engaged in judicial misconduct warranting discipline.”
A recall campaign against Persky continues, led by Stanford law professor Michelle Landis Dauber, who released a statement to the press following the commission’s announcement:
“This report simply highlights what we have been saying from the beginning, which is that a petition for judicial discipline was not the correct venue to address these concerns, and the recall is the only realistic way to remove Judge Persky from office.
“Judge Persky has a long record of failing to take violence against women seriously, and we will demonstrate that when we launch the campaign early next year.”
The survivor of the assaults read aloud in court a 7,200-word victim’s impact statement, a statement that was later published on the internet and captured the attention of people throughout the United States.
Persky said at the time of Turner’s sentencing that a prison sentence would have a “severe impact” on the newly convicted sexual offender, citing both his age and clean criminal record as rationale for the light sentence despite the prosecution asking for a six-year prison sentence.
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