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.”