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Published June 06, 2016
The Latest on a six-month jail sentence for a former Stanford University swimmer convicted of sex assault (all times local):
A judge who sentenced a former Stanford University swimmer to six months in jail for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman used to play lacrosse at the school a few miles down the road from his courtroom, where attorneys say he's respected and fair.
But Santa Clara County Judge Aaron Persky has been vilified on social media as too lenient on a privileged athlete from a top-tier swimming program. Some are urging he be removed from the bench.
Persky said in court that he was following the recommendation of the county's probation department in sentencing 20-year-old Brock Turner.
County deputy public defender Gary Goodman says Persky is "an absolutely solid and respected judge."
Court spokesman Joe Macaluso says the judge is barred from commenting because Turner is appealing his conviction.
The father of a former Stanford University swimmer who received six months in jail for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman has drawn outrage by saying his son has already paid a steep price for "20 minutes of action."
Dan Turner said in a letter to the judge that the conviction has shattered 20-year-old Brock Turner, who has lost his appetite.
The letter was made public over the weekend by a Stanford law professor who wants Santa Clara Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky removed from office over the sentence.
Persky, a Stanford graduate, sentenced Brock Turner to six months in county jail and three years' probation after the victim read an emotional statement in court that got widespread attention.
Two petitions on Change.org also push for a recall of Persky, who's running unopposed for re-election Tuesday.