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Campaign halted to oust judge in Stanford rape case



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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nypost.com: “Campaign halted to oust judge in Stanford rape case”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

SAN FRANCISCO — A court on Friday temporarily halted the campaign seeking to oust a Northern California judge targeted for recall for sentencing a college athlete convicted of sexual assault to jail instead of prison.

see also Judge in Stanford rape case will no longer hear criminal cases PALO ALTO, Calif. — A court says a California judge... Campaign officials said Friday that Santa Clara County election official authorized campaign officials to begin collecting voter signatures to put the recall of Santa Clara County judge Aaron Persky on the June ballot. Persky was targeted for recall last year after sentencing former Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner to six months in jail for sexually assaulting a young woman passed out for too much alcohol.

Persky’s lawyers argued Friday that proponents need permission from the California secretary of state because county judges are state officers.

Persky lawyer Elizabeth Pitkin also said the campaign is misleading voters by saying they can choose the judge’s replacement if he’s recalled. The governor is the only person authorized to replace county judges, Pitkin said.

Retired Orange County Judge Marjorie Laird Carter scheduled an Aug. 23 hearing. Carter is hearing the case in San Jose after all the Santa Clara County judges recused themselves because of their relationship with Persky.

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