Crocodiles in the Judge’s Bathtub? Why California Should End “Unregulated” Judicial Recall

January 1, 2018

The University of the Pacific Law Review

“Hey, what the f are you doing? She’s unconscious.” Two international graduate students had just discovered nineteen-year-old Brock Turner thrusting toward a young woman with her genitals exposed, behind a dumpster at Stanford University in January 2015. The half-naked victim was not moving. Turner ran. The graduate students managed to knock Turner onto the ground and waited for the police to arrive. Turner was charged with two counts of rape, two counts of penetration, and one count of assault with intent to commit rape. While the two rape charges were later dropped, a jury convicted Turner of the remaining charges. Probation officers formally recommended a “moderate county jail sentence, formal probation, and sexual offender treatment.”

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