Californians voting to recall judge Aaron Persky is warranted, considering his history of giving abusive men overly lenient sentences, holds Melissa Kirtley of The Independent. Before his forgiving verdict regarding Brock Turner, who raped a woman, he tailored the sentences of football players found guilty of sexual assault to fit their game schedules. Putting the careers of such men above serving justice and making the country safer shows Persky’s poor judgment. He may not have broken the law in these cases, but bad job performance warrants termination. It is important to protect America’s women from dangerous men like Turner.
Judge Aaron Persky made a bad decision, regarding the Brock Turner case, but this doesn’t justify him being recalled, asserts Christine Emba of The Washington Post. Him losing his job could set a highly dangerous precedent where judges fear the public’s reaction and shape their verdicts according to it, which already happens. Especially right before elections, sentences get harsher because judges think their voters want this. In Chicago, death sentences go up by 15% during this period. Sentences should be dealt out impartially and not according to the public’s mood. Making judges fear for their jobs risks warping justice.