Bias Claims Refuted

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Recall proponents’ claims of Judge Persky’s bias have already been rejected or contradicted by three independent organizations - including California's official judicial ethics commission.

You can read the independent analyses here. Click on the links for the full story.

California's Commission on Judicial Performance

"The commission received thousands of complaints and petitions about Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky’s June 2, 2016 sentencing of Brock Allen Turner, a Stanford University student-athlete who was convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman behind a dumpster outside a college party. [...]The commission has concluded that there is not clear and convincing evidence of bias, abuse of authority, or other basis to conclude that Judge Persky engaged in judicial misconduct warranting discipline."

The Associated Press

"The AP reviewed court records for 20 criminal cases in which Persky has issued sentences, including all seven trials he presided over, since January 2015. [...] In the Stanford case, the judge was blasted for going too easy on a well-heeled, white defendant. But a review of Persky’s other rulings gives no indication of racial bias in the cases where a defendant’s race is listed in court papers."

The Santa Clara County Bar Association

"The SCCBA has seen no credible assertions that in issuing the sentence, Judge Persky violated the law or his ethical obligations or acted in bad faith. Nor is the SCCBA aware of any other complaints or allegations of impropriety against Judge Persky during his 13 years on the bench. Seeking to punish a judge under these circumstances presents the very threat to judicial independence that the SCCBA has resolved to condemn."

Judge Persky is a former prosecutor and battered women’s advocate who has received community awards for his work for social justice and against hate crimes. As a judge, he has made thousands of decisions. An independent press analysis of his sentences has found that he consistently follows probation department recommendations - just as he did in the Brock Turner case.

Judge Aaron Persky:

“As a prosecutor, I fought vigorously for victims. As a judge, my role is to consider both sides. California law requires every judge to consider rehabilitation and probation for first-time offenders. It’s not always popular, but it’s the law, and I took an oath to follow it without regard to public opinion or my opinions as a former prosecutor.”

Read Judge Persky’s full statement here.

A list of community members opposing this misguided recall campaign can be found here.