Stanford rape case judge Aaron Persky removed from office
A US judge who was widely criticised for his leniency towards a campus rapist has been removed from office by voters.
Judge Aaron Persky handed Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner a six-month sentence in June 2016.
But county judges in California are elected, and if a petition to remove them from office garners enough signatures a vote will be held.
Such elections are rare – the last time a US judge was recalled was in 1977.
Tuesday’s vote in Santa Clara County marks the first time a Californian judge has been removed in this way for more than 80 years.