Judge Aaron Persky, who’s been under fire ever since he sentenced Stanford rapist Brock Turner to six months in jail, has been disqualified from presiding over a different sexual assault case after DA Jeff Rosen filed a motion to remove him, ABC7 reported.
Here’s what the DA said in a statement after the Turner verdict:
We are disappointed and puzzled at Judge Persky’s unusual decision to unilaterally dismiss a case before the jury could deliberate. After this and the recent turn of events, we lack confidence that Judge Persky can fairly participate in this upcoming hearing in which a male nurse sexually assaulted an anesthetized female patient. This is a rare and carefully considered step for our Office. In the future, we will evaluate each case on its own merits and decide if we should use our legal right to ask for another judge in order to protect public safety and pursue justice.
The decision comes after numerous calls for Persky to be removed from the bench, including a petition that’s been signed by more than one million people.
Another case involving athletes accused of gang rape from Persky’s past has also come under scrutiny.
Notably, the prosecution recommended six years behind bars for Brock Turner, while the maximum penalty was 14 years.
Judge Persky infamously ruled that such punishments would have a “severe impact” on the sexual assault convict.
As things stand, Turner is expected to be released from jail in September three months into his sentence.