Bid to oust judge in Stanford swimmer case moves forward

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Voters are a big step closer to getting an opportunity to decide whether to oust a California judge for his handling of a sexual assault case involving a Stanford University swimmer.

Stanford University law professor Michele Dauber said the campaign to remove Santa Clara County Judge Aaron Persky submitted nearly 100,000 signatures on Thursday to get the recall on the June 2018 ballot.

The county registrar of voters must verify the signatures. Dauber says the campaign needs just under 59,000 signatures and has plenty to qualify.

An email to an attorney for Persky was not immediately returned.

Persky drew criticism after he sentenced former Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner in 2016 to six months in jail for sexually assaulting a woman who had passed out behind a trash bin.