Judge in Stanford rape case asks for move to civil cases – Los Angeles Times

The Santa Clara judge who has faced widespread criticism and a recall effort after sentencing a former Stanford University swimmer to six months in jail for sexual assault has voluntarily moved to civil court.

The Santa Clara Superior Court released a statement Thursday saying Judge Aaron Persky will move to the civil court in San Jose. Judge Vincent Chiarello will take his place in Palo Alto.

Presiding Judge Risë Jones Pichon said Persky asked for the move to reduce the distraction that reaction to the sentencing of Brock Turner has brought to his courtroom.

“While I firmly believe in Judge Persky’s ability to serve in his current assignment, he has requested to be assigned to the civil division, in which he previously served,” Pichon said.

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