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on Jul 16, 2017
I am saddened by all the negative commentary about Judge Persky, which is based on speculation and little factual knowledge of the Brock Turner case and the laws pertaining to it. Who among his critics feels qualified to render a more appropriate verdict and what exactly would that verdict be? Judge Persky appears to have had a fine 12 year record as a judge and appears to have carefully considered all of the evidence before issuing his view of the most appropriate verdict. I doubt that irrelevant factors such as race, religion, economic standing, etc., entered into the judgment. Also, I think Judge Persky's incentive was to produce the best possible verdict for the sake of his reputation as well as for justice. I see no benefit to Judge Persky for biasing his verdict. On the contrary, because he probably did not bias it, much of what he has received is inflammatory public criticism.
The removal of Judge Persky would constitute an unfortunate loss to our community. Not only would we lose the services of a competent and objective judge, but also we would send a message to other judges that they must consider both the facts of each case AND the potential public opinion of the outcome before rendering a verdict.
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