PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) — Judge Aaron Persky touched off a national furor when he sentenced former Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner to six months in jail for sexually assaulting a young woman who had passed out behind a campus trash bin.
Critics say the judge went too easy on a well-heeled, white defendant and that the sentence marginalized campus sexual assault. Signature petitions calling for his ouster are being circulated to schedule a recall election.
A look at the trials and sentences Persky has handled since he was assigned in 2015 to a criminal court in Palo Alto:
— JUNE 3, 2016: Brock Turner, 20, was sentenced to six months in jail after a jury convicted him of three felony counts of sexual assault. He also must register as a sex offender for life.
— FEB. 4, 2016: Miroslav Samardzijia, 35, was sentenced to six months in jail after a jury convicted him of misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter. He had no previous criminal record and was also ordered to undergo random alcohol testing.
— DEC. 8, 2015: Marcus Cassidy, 23, was sentenced to 16 days in jail after a jury convicted him of driving under the influence.
— OCT. 15, 2015: Frank Guerrero, 32, was sentenced to three years in prison after a jury convicted him of felony robbery and two misdemeanor drug charges plus a misdemeanor charge of possessing tear gas. Guerrero had a criminal record before the latest conviction, including auto theft.
— AUG. 27, 2015: Ignacio Cervantes, 49, was sentenced to nine months in jail after a jury convicted him of assault and threats to commit to assault, both felonies. He had no previous criminal record.
— APRIL 23, 2015: Salvador Villalobos, 35, was sentenced to 197 days in jail after a jury convicted him of felony resisting arrest, misdemeanor being under the influence and misdemeanor drug possession. The jury acquitted him of a felony domestic violence charge. He had two prior felony convictions, including assault with a deadly weapon.
— FEB. 27, 2015: Alfonso Rivera, 24, was acquitted of felony drug possession in jail.