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Aug. 1, 2016, Santa Clara CA:
In just a few hours petitioners will be walking over to the Santa Clara Superior Court to deliver signatures from the change.org petition, "Remove Judge Aaron Persky from the Bench For Decision in Brock Turner rape case."
Over 1 million people signed the petition. CNN states: The number appears resounding: More than one million people want Judge Aaron Persky to lose his job for what's been widely viewed as a lenient sentence in the Brock Turner rape case.
So, more people than who live in San Francisco want to see Persky tossed out for handing a white, well-to-do former Stanford University athlete a six-month sentence for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman. And that's just the change.org petition. Other petitions at moveon.org and the White House's We the People site have each garnered more than 100,000 signatures.
The event will be livestreamed on Facebook.
The petition states:
We the people would like to petition that Judge Aaron Persky be removed from his Judicial position for the lenient sentence he allowed in the Brock Turner rape case. Despite a unanimous guilty verdict, three felony convictions, the objections of 250 Stanford students, Jeff Rosen the district attorney for Santa Clara, as well as the deputy district attorney who likened Turner to " a predator searching for prey" Judge Persky allowed the lenient sentence suggested by the probation department. Turner has shown no remorse and plans to attempt to overturn his conviction. Judge Persky failed to see that the fact that Brock Turner is a white male star athlete at a prestigious university does not entitle him to leniency. He also failed to send the message that sexual assault is against the law regardless of social class, race, gender or other factors. Please help rectify this travesty to justice.
Maria Ruiz, initiator of the petition, notes:
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