SAN FRANCISCO — California Judge Aaron Persky, who gave a controversially light sentence to former Stanford University student and swimmer Brock Turne, is removing himself from all criminal cases. The judge was widely criticized and subjected to a recall campaign for the lenient six-month jail sentence. The move came at his own request.
The embattled judge faced a high-profile recall campaign after the case and he will work in the civil division, Santa Clara County superior court, officials announced late Thursday. Persky had been criticized by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and California Attorney General Kamala Harris (D), among other officials.
According to Yahoo News, Santa Clara County Presiding Judge Rise Pichon granted the request stating, “While I firmly believe in Judge Persky’s ability to serve in his current assignment, he has requested to be assigned to the civil division, in which he previously served,” Pichon said in a statement. “Judge Persky believes the change will aid the public and the court by reducing the distractions that threaten to interfere with his ability to effectively discharge the duties of his current criminal assignment.”