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Judge in Stanford rape trail removed from new sexual assault case

Lack of confidence in Judge Aaron Persky grows

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California judge Aaron Persky has been removed from an upcoming sexual assault trial involving a male nurse who sexually assaulted a sedated female patient.

Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen said he lacked confidence in Judge Persky and called his removal from the upcoming case “rare and carefully considered.”

Rosen referred to Judge Persky’s sentencing of 20-year-old Brock Turner as a reason for his removal. Persky sentenced Turner to six months in jail after being convicted for sexual assault on June 2.

Turner’s sentence sparked national outrage and garnered criticism from media outlets and the general public.

In the new case, Cecil Webb is charged with a felony count of sexual battery for the allegedly touching the genitals and breast of an anesthetized woman who was going into surgery at a California hospital in Nov. 2014.

Persky also recently dismissed a misdemeanor case involving stolen mail halfway through the trial.

“We are disappointed and puzzled at Judge Persky’s unusual decision to unilaterally dismiss a case before the jury could deliberate,” Rosen said.

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