Commission finds no evidence of misconduct by judge who sentenced Stanford swimmer

A state commission announced Monday that it has found no evidence of misconduct and is closing its case on the judge who sentenced a former Stanford University swimmer to six months in jail for sexual assault.

The Commission on Judicial Performance said the sentence given by Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky to Brock Turner “was within the parameters set by law and was therefore within the judge’s discretion.”

The agency said it found no evidence of bias by the judge and that the sentence was consistent with the recommendation of a probation report.

The San Francisco-based commission investigates complaints of judicial misconduct such as corruption and abuse of authority and has the power to impose punishments ranging from censure to removal from office.

It announced its decision in an unusual 12-page explanatory statement.

The commission said it had received thousands of complaints and petitions concerning Persky, whose sentence sparked international publicity, criticism and outrage for being too lenient.

But the agency said, “The commission has concluded that there is not clear and convincing evidence of bias, abuse of authority or any other basis to conclude that Judge Persky engaged in judicial misconduct warranting discipline.”

Turner, 21, a former member of the Stanford swim team, was convicted in March of three felony counts of assault against a woman who was unconscious from intoxication in a field outside a fraternity house at the university.

The three counts were assault with intent to commit rape, sexual penetration of an intoxicated person with a foreign object, and sexual penetration of an unconscious person with a foreign object.

Turner was freed for good behavior after serving about three months of his six-month sentence. Persky also sentenced him to three years of probation.

Turner is also subject to lifetime registration as a sex offender.

Untitled-1

Read more criminal justice news on the Crime Ink page in print. Follow us on Twitter: @sfcrimeink

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

A sign about proposed development of the bluff at Thornton State Beach in Daly City on Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Retreat center proposed at popular state beach

Daly City residents oppose construction on ocean bluffs

Rev. Roland Gordon shows “The Great Cloud of Witnesses” collage mural at the Ingleside Presbyterian Church, which he began building in 1980.<ins> (</ins>
Rev. Roland Gordon preaches love in action

Pastor promotes peace, hope through art and prayer

San Francisco’s Buster Posey was back at the plate after sitting out last season due to the risk of COVID-19. (David Maialetti/Tribune News Service)
Giants struggle against Angels in first game of Spring Training

By Nick Zeller-Singh Nearly 1,000 fans gathered into a breezy Scottsdale Stadium… Continue reading

Basketball (Shutterstock)
SI alum Begovich gets his moment, but Stanford falls on Senior Day

MAPLES PAVILION — Generally speaking, Stanford’s home finale on Saturday afternoon, a… Continue reading

U.S. Attorney David Anderson announces federal firearms charges against two men for their roles in a March 2019 shooting outside the Fillmore Heritage Center in a news conference alongside SFPD staff at the Phillip Burton Federal Building on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Departing U.S. attorney predicts corruption probe will continue

David Anderson shook up City Hall as top federal prosecutor

Most Read