The Times-Tribune

Judge cleared of misconduct


A California judge was cleared of misconduct Monday for sentencing a former Stanford University swimmer to six months in jail for sexually assaulting an unconsciou­s woman on campus, a punishment decried as too lenient by critics across the country.

There was no evidence that Santa Clara County Judge Aaron Persky displayed bias in his treatment of Brock Turner, according to the California Commission on Judicial Performanc­e, which investigat­es complaints of judicial misconduct and discipline­s judges.

The panel said it received thousands of complaints demanding Judge Persky be punished over Mr. Turner’s sentence, which required the now-21-year-old to register as a sex offender for life.

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