Stanford rape case judge will no longer hear criminal cases, per report

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Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky, who is facing a recall effort over his lenient sentence for a Stanford University swimmer convicted of sexually assaulting an intoxicated woman, will no longer hear criminal matters at his own request, the Associated Press reported Thursday.

Persky's decision to no longer hear criminal cases comes after he recused himself from another sex crime case earlier this week, citing potential doubt from the public of his impartiality, the Mercury Newsreported.

The judge has faced heavy backlash over his handling of the sentencing of Brock Turner, the Stanford University swimmer who sexually assaulted a severely intoxicated woman who had passed out by a trash container following a frat party.

Persky gave Turner a six-month prison sentence — lower than the six-year sentence prosecutors asked for, and the 14-year maximum sentence Brock could have received — saying a longer prison term would have a "severe impact" on Turner's future.

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Signage hangs near Oakwood High School in Oakwood, Ohio Thursday June 9, 2016. Anger and skepticism fill the streets of this wealthy suburban enclave following intense scrutiny of a six-month rape sentence handed down to Brock Turner, a former resident, a star swimmer for Stanford whose conviction ended his athletic career and cast a light on his background and the community he grew up in. Turner attended Oakwood High School. (AP Photo/Ann Sanner)
An exterior of Oakwood High School is seen in Oakwood, Ohio Thursday June 9, 2016. Anger and skepticism fill the streets of this wealthy suburban enclave following intense scrutiny of a six-month rape sentence handed down to Brock Turner, a former resident, a star swimmer for Stanford whose conviction ended his athletic career and cast a light on his background and the community he grew up in. Turner attended Oakwood High School. (AP Photo/Ann Sanner)
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The case became a national news story, even drawing the attention of Vice President Joe Biden, who wrote a heartfelt letter to Brock's victim — whose name has never been released.

"I am in awe of your courage for speaking out — for so clearly naming the wrongs that were done to you and so passionately asserting your equal claim to human dignity," Biden wrote to the victim, who herself spoke out about Brock's lenient sentence, saying Brock's actions changed her life for the worse.

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Stanford law professor Michele Dauber speaks at a rally before activists delivered over one million signatures to the California Commission on Judicial Performance calling for the removal of Judge Aaron Persky from the bench Friday, June 10, 2016, in San Francisco. A group of California lawmakers joined women's rights advocates Friday in urging a California agency to take action against the judge who sentenced a former Stanford University swimmer to six months in jail for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman. Dauber is leading the effort to recall Judge Persky. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
Activists from UltraViolet, a national women's advocacy organization, attempt to deliver over one million signatures to the California Commission on Judicial Performance calling for the removal of Judge Aaron Persky from the bench Friday, June 10, 2016, in San Francisco. A group of California lawmakers joined women's rights advocates Friday in urging a California agency to take action against the judge who sentenced a former Stanford University swimmer to six months in jail for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
An activist from UltraViolet, a national womenâs advocacy organization, stacks boxes containing one million signatures to the California Commission on Judicial Performance calling for the removal of Judge Aaron Persky from the bench during a rally Friday, June 10, 2016, in San Francisco. A group of California lawmakers joined women's rights advocates Friday in urging a California agency to take action against the judge who sentenced a former Stanford University swimmer to six months in jail for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
Activists from UltraViolet, a national womenâs advocacy organization, hold a rally before delivering over one million signatures to the California Commission on Judicial Performance calling for the removal of Judge Aaron Persky from the bench Friday, June 10, 2016, in San Francisco. A group of California lawmakers joined women's rights advocates Friday in urging a California agency to take action against the judge who sentenced a former Stanford University swimmer to six months in jail for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
Activists from UltraViolet, a national womenâs advocacy organization, hold a rally before delivering over one million signatures to the California Commission on Judicial Performance calling for the removal of Judge Aaron Persky from the bench Friday, June 10, 2016, in San Francisco. A group of California lawmakers joined women's rights advocates Friday in urging a California agency to take action against the judge who sentenced a former Stanford University swimmer to six months in jail for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
Activists from UltraViolet, a national womenâs advocacy organization, attempt to deliver over one million signatures to the California Commission on Judicial Performance calling for the removal of Judge Aaron Persky from the bench Friday, June 10, 2016, in San Francisco. A group of California lawmakers joined women's rights advocates Friday in urging a California agency to take action against the judge who sentenced a former Stanford University swimmer to six months in jail for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
Activists from UltraViolet, a national womenâs advocacy organization, attempt to deliver over one million signatures to the California Commission on Judicial Performance calling for the removal of Judge Aaron Persky from the bench Friday, June 10, 2016, in San Francisco. A group of California lawmakers joined women's rights advocates Friday in urging a California agency to take action against the judge who sentenced a former Stanford University swimmer to six months in jail for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
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