Judge in Stanford rape case offers first defense of decision

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Posted: Jul 01, 2017 12:06 AM

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — A judge who is facing a recall effort over the sexual-assault sentence he gave a former Stanford University swimmer is publicly defending himself for the first time.

Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky said in a statement filed Friday with Santa Clara County that it is his job to consider rehabilitation and probation for first-time offenders.

Persky says his role is to consider both sides and follow the law, not public opinion.

The statement makes no direct reference to Brock Turner. The six-month sentence Persky gave Turner last year spurred outrage and brought on the recall effort.

If approved by the county, Persky's statement will appear on the petitions for his recall.

The recall leaders filed paperwork Monday to begin the process of attempting to remove Persky.