SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A county judge is facing a recall election in a San Francisco Bay Area county after he sentenced a former Stanford University swimmer to a short jail sentence for sexual assault.
Political science professors say the June 5 election in Santa Clara County could signal the strength of the Me Too movement.
Judge Aaron Persky was targeted for recall after he sentenced then-sophomore Brock Turner to six months in jail in 2016 for sexually assaulting a woman incapacitated by alcohol.
Recall supporters argue that Persky takes sexual assault cases too lightly. The judge's supporters argue he was following the recommendation of the county's probation department and the sentence was legal.
The case is being seen as a harbinger of whether Me Too movement supporters turn out to vote.
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