Early results show voters favoring judge recall

She had a passionate advocate in Dauber, a family friend and professor at Stanford Law School who would become the leader of the recall campaign.

"As a woman, I demand that our justice system take campus sexual violence seriously", Daisy Bradanini told Newsweek. Judge Persky said he was unaware of complaints. "This victory is not just for Emily Doe, but for girls and women everywhere", she said, according to Mercury News.

Activists pointed to numerous other cases in which minorities faced much harsher sentences for less egregious crimes.

Personal injury attorney Angela F. Storey and Santa Clara County assistant district attorney Cindy Seeley Hendrickson are vying to replace Persky if he is recalled. While prosecutors argued for a six year sentence, Turner only ended up serving three months and had to register as a sex offender.

The judge was following a recommendation from the county probation department, and the California Commission on Judicial Performance ruled he handled the case legally.

Dauber explained to public broadcaster NPR in 2016 why the recall was so important: "Judge Persky is a criminal judge, one of the very few criminal judges, who has jurisdiction over Stanford".

In an interview with CNN a week before the vote, Persky said that he thought that judges "should accept responsibility for rulings".

"The problem with this recall is it will pressure judges to follow the rule of public opinion as opposed to the rule of law". Persky would be the first California judge recalled from office since 1932 if a majority of voters choose to remove him on Tuesday.

"This sets a unsafe precedent for state court judges in California and perhaps beyond", said LaDoris Cordell, a retired Santa Clara County judge who supported Persky's campaign against the recall.

Turner, who was 20 at the time of the sentencing, was convicted of three felonies - two for digitally penetrating an unconscious or intoxicated person, one for assault with intent to commit rape. Persky is the first judge to be unseated by United States voters since 1977, and the first in California since 1932, The Guardian reported. "But not this", said Persky, who described himself to the AP as the "most hated man on the internet". "There is no pattern of abuse or bias by the judge in this case", Rosen said.

VICE News spent the last weekend of the recall campaign in Silicon Valley, home of Stanford - and the case that made national headlines in 2016.

The organizers behind the push to recall Persky did not immediately respond when asked for comment by the San Francisco Chronicle.

Dauber, for her part, rejected concerns about judicial independence.

In order to remove an elected official, a group of people must first get the recall vote on a ballot.

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