This article was written by Mckenzie Schwark originally published by Project Consent and it has been re-posted here with their permission.


For the first time in 80 years, a judge has been recalled in California. That judge is Aaron Persky who made headlines when he presided over the case of Brock Turner in 2016. Talk of a recall began almost immediately after the sentencing was handed down, and earlier this year the recall effort had gained enough signatures to put the decision to a vote.

That vote took place in early June, and 60% of voters were in favor of recalling Judge Persky. Cindy Hendrickson, who is also a Stanford graduate, will now take his place. When asked about the sexual assault cases Hendrickson has handled in the past, she told Newsweek:

“I felt like I really had an opportunity to make a difference not only in the lives of the victims but also in making the public more safe.”

In 2016 when Persky handed down Turner’s conviction and subsequent sentencing, he said he felt Turner “would not be a danger to others.” He was convicted of sexual penetration with a foreign object of an intoxicated person, sexual penetration with a foreign object of an unconscious person, and intent to commit rape; the maximum sentence was fourteen years. Persky sentenced him to six months in jail, of which Turner only served three.

Persky insisted that a harsher sentence would disrupt Brock Turner’s life. “Prison would have a severe impact on him,”Persky said.

What he meant was that Turner was capable—or deserving, rather—of redemption. Turner was awarded with a compassion and empathy that his victim had been robbed of. Throughout the trial there was a lot of talk about how Brock Turner would be able to turn his life around. People believed he was a good guy who had done a bad thing, but that it didn’t make him bad—just a first time offender. Boys will be boys.