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Do judge recalls really work?




Activists rally to call for the removal of Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky in San Francisco in June over his ruling in a sexual assault case. On Friday, the judge was transferred from criminal to civil court.
Activists rally to call for the removal of Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky in San Francisco in June over his ruling in a sexual assault case. On Friday, the judge was transferred from criminal to civil court.
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Last March, in a case that drew national attention a Stanford student-athlete named Brock Turner was found guilty of sexual assault.

His punishment? Six months in jail. But because of California's felony sentencing realignment, he only served half of his sentence.

The backlash against Judge Aaron Persky, who oversaw the case, was swift and intense. And now it's reached a peak. Efforts to recall the judge were officially filed this week...BUT it's a long and windy road to get an elected judge unseated.

Laurie Levenson is a professor at Loyola Law School. She's joined A Martinez to shine a light on this process.

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