Brock Turner case: Campaign turns in 100,000 signatures to put judge’s recall on June ballot

SAN JOSE — The campaign to recall Judge Aaron Persky for giving a former Stanford athlete convicted of sexual assault a relatively lenient sentence — six months in jail plus having to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.– has collected nearly 100,000 signatures, 70 percent more than necessary, recall organizers say.

The campaign is set to turn in the signatures today. It wrapped up its four-month petition drive in late December, about five weeks earlier than the Feb. 2 deadline.

Recall backers have raised $666,256, slightly more than half of which the campaign spent on professional signature gatherers, supplemented by about 200 volunteers. About 4 percent were non-monetary contributions.

Persky has raised about $365,850, about 62 percent of which were non-monetary contributions, primarily free legal services from the San Jose law firm McManis Faulkner.

The campaign must collect at least 58,634 valid signatures from Santa Clara County voters to qualify for the June 5 election. The Registrar of Voters has until early March to certify the signatures.

The petition drive was almost certainly aided by the current climate of heightened concern that victims of sexual assault have not been treated seriously — a sentiment widely shared after allegations surfaced in October about movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, who was fired from his Hollywood company. Such allegations have led to resignations and denials by other high-profile figures, including actor Kevin Spacey, former Michigan Rep. John Conyers and defeated Alabama U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore.

“He has clearly lost the trust of the people of this county,” said Stanford law professor Michele Dauber, the leader of the recall campaign. “It’s time for him to leave the bench, and we are looking forward to accomplishing that in June.”

But it’s not altogether clear sailing for the campaign, even if the signatures are certified, because Persky has …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Politics

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