The Mercury News reports that a San Jose lawyer who opposes the recall of Judge Aaron Persky has nonetheless entered the race to replace him — just in case voters boot the embattled judge out of office in June.
Angela Storey, a civil attorney and president of the Santa Clara County Trial Lawyers Association, said she wants to offer county voters an option other than prosecutor Cindy Hendrickson, who announced her candidacy in October and supports the recall.
“I absolutely oppose the recall,” Storey said. “But if it succeeds, it’s important for someone to take his place who has the temperament, experience and qualifications to be a judge.”
Rapist loving Persky touched off an international furor in June 2016 by sentencing Stanford athlete Brock Turner to six months in jail for sexually assaulting an unconscious, intoxicated woman outside a campus fraternity party.
Critics, enraged by what they considered an indefensibly lenient sentence, organized the recall campaign that could remove a sitting California judge for only the fourth time in a century. Voters will be asked if Persky should be recalled and, if so, who should replace him.
The double-talking Storey called the recall a “dangerous precedent” and said if voters don’t like the latitude judges are given under a particular law, “you change the law, which is what happened in this case.”
Nonetheless she’s OK taking Persky’s job.