A group calling themselves the “Justice for Stanford Sexual Assault Victim,” have started a change.org petition to remove the California judge who sentenced Stanford swimmer Brock Turner to a six-month sentence for raping a fellow student.
The group is calling for Aaron Persky’s removal from the bench for his “lenient sentencing” of Turner. According to the petition, they are asking for this because despite a unanimous guilty verdict, three felony convictions, the objections of 250 Stanford students, Jeff Rosen, district attorney for Santa Clara, as well as the deputy district attorney who likened Turner to “a predator searching for prey,” Persky allowed the sentence suggested by the probation department.
Additionally, petitioners said, “Turner has shown no remorse and plans to attempt to overturn his conviction. Judge Persky failed to see that the fact that Brock Turner is a white male star athlete at a prestigious university does not entitle him to leniency.”
As of 11:45 a.m. Central time, more than 322,000 people had signed the petition which will be sent to the California House of Representatives and Senate, as well as other decision makers.