Stephen Ellison

Judge in Brock Turner Sentence Recuses Self From Sex Case

Judge Aaron Persky has been under fire since June after sentencing former Stanford swimmer in sexual assault

PALO ALTO - A judge under fire for a light sentence given to a former Stanford University swimmer is recusing himself from making his first key decision in another sex case.

The Mercury News reported Monday that Santa Clara County Judge Aaron Persky filed a statement with the court saying that some people might doubt that he could be impartial.

Persky said last year he would be receptive to Robert Chain's request to reduce his conviction for possessing child pornography from a felony to a misdemeanor.

The judge is the target of a recall campaign that started in June after he sentenced former Stanford swimmer Brock Turner to six months in jail for sexually assaulting an intoxicated woman who passed out behind a trash bin.

Turner could have faced up to 14 years behind bars.

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