Somehow, I get the feeling that in #TrumpsAmerica, things like this will be more common: Aaron Persky, the judge who sentenced convicted rapist Brock Turner to only six months of jail time, has been cleared of all misconduct charges. Despite mounting pushback from the public, the California Commission on Judicial Performance ruled that no bias was displayed in his sentencing.
"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 11-member panel concluded in its unsigned ruling.
According to the AP, the commission had received thousands of complaints about the very public Turner decision, especially after the victim came forward with a heartbreaking letter about her experience. Several petitions had been started online to object to the unreasonably lenient sentencing, which was given to Turner because Persky thought that "a prison sentence would have a severe impact on him." Nonetheless, Persky was found to have totally been in compliance with the law.
While the decision is certainly disheartening for those who hoped courts would begin to take gender bias more seriously, the good news is that, according to Jezebel: "In August ... Persky recused himself from the appeal proceedings of a different sex crime case. It was announced soon after that Persky had been reassigned to civil court and would no longer preside over criminal cases."
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