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General News    H2'ed 8/23/16

Stanford sex assault judge recuses self from upcoming sex case

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A California judge under fire for an overly lenient   sentence given to an "affluenza" rapist is recusing himself from his first key decision in another sex case. Judge Aaron Persky had been scheduled to consider a request  to reduce a conviction for possessing child pornography from a felony to a misdemeanor. The judge had said last year he would be receptive to the idea if the plumber stayed sober.  Persky is the target of a recall campaign that started in June after he sentenced former Stanford swimmer Brock Turner to six months in jail  for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman who had to be hospitalized. Under the law, Turner could have been given up to 14 years, but he is expected to serve 90 days or less. At the trial, his victim read an impassioned statement indicating that her sentence was for the rest of her life.

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Meryl Ann Butler is an artist, author, educator and OpedNews Managing Editor who has been actively engaged in utilizing the arts as stepping-stones toward joy-filled wellbeing since she was a hippie. She began writing for OpEdNews in Feb, 2004. She became a Senior Editor in August 2012 and Managing Editor in January, (more...)

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