Judge in Stanford rape case often follows sentencing reports

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.

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