Judge cleared of misconduct for ‘lenient’ sentence in Stanford rape case

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SAN FRANCISCO — A California agency that oversees judicial discipline in the state says a judge committed no misconduct when he sentenced former Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner to six months in jail for sexually assaulting a young woman on campus.

The California Commission on Judicial Performance ruled Monday that there was no evidence that Santa Clara County Judge Aaron Persky displayed bias in handing down a sentence decried as too lenient by critics across the country.

The commission said it received thousands of complaints and petitions regarding Persky and the sentence.

The 21-year-old was released from jail in September after serving three months. He will be on probation for three years in his native Ohio and is a registered sex offender.

Persky is the target of a recall campaign, and was bumped from another sexual assault case after the ruling. He later recused himself in a child porn case, and eventually in August announced he would stop hearing criminal matters.