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