PALO ALTO, Calif. – The judge who sentenced a former Stanford University swimmer in a sexual assault case has often followed the sentencing recommendations of probation officers.
That’s according to an Associated Press review of Aaron Perksy’s rulings. The light six-month jail sentence given to Brock Turner touched off debate over whether the judge handled the case properly and drew widespread calls for his removal.
Other cases included sentencing a man convicted of misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter in a fatal drunken driving crash to six months in jail and giving another defendant three years in prison for a robbery.
The AP review showed that Persky has adhered to the same practice in every trial where the probation office made a recommendation since he began presiding over a Palo Alto criminal court in 2015.