Persky was targeted by Democratic Party politicians in 2016 when he sentenced Stanford University student Brock Turner, then 20, to six months in prison for sexually assaulting an unconscious fellow student after a drunken fraternity party near the campus. She also recounted the ordeal of the investigation and Turner's trial, where she was cross-examined about her drinking habits and sexual experience.
Dauber submitted almost 100,000 signatures to qualify the recall for the ballot. Only nine states allow judicial recalls, and four of them require certain elements for the process to be triggered, said William Rafferty of the the National Center for State Courts.
A United States judge who was widely criticised for his leniency towards a campus rapist has been removed from office by voters, BBC News reported.
The leader of the successful recall of a Northern California judge for an unpopular sexual assault sentence warned that the results show women's rights and the #MeToo movement are now a potent political force that politicians ignore at their own peril.
"This victory is for girls and women everywhere", Michele Dauber, a Stanford law professor, said in a statement after Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky was removed from office Tuesday by a resounding 60 percent vote.
"I expected some negative reaction", he said. California's Commission on Judicial Performance ruled that the sentencing was done correctly.
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"To get justice from a judge, they need someone who follows the rules". Persky is white and holds undergraduate degrees from Stanford and a law degree from the University of California, Berkeley.
As to the Brock Turner case, where the woman was drunk to the point of being unconscious, if this anti-prison woman had sat on the jury, she would have voted not guilty due to the 100% contributory negligence of the woman as there is no excuse for getting drunk at all, much less to the point of being unconscious.
The Associated Press doesn't general identify victims of sexual crimes.
Mr Persky said at a news conference last month that sentencing guidelines and probation department recommendations had limited his options in sentencing the former student.
Turner, who must register as a sex offender for the rest of his life, was released from jail after serving only three months for good behavior.
Cordell was among a number of law school professors and retired judges who fear that judges may now take public perception into account more than they should when handling high-profile and sensitive cases. Persky cited numerous letters of support friends, former teachers and employers wrote on behalf of Turner.