The Recall Persky Campaign says it since has found a pattern of bias in the punishment the judge has doled out in sex crimes against women. Among the incidents they cite is the case of college football player Ikaika Lukas Gunderson in the sexual assault of his ex-girlfriend, a sentencing which Persky delayed for a year.
State Senate leader Kevin de León on Friday pointed to another case, that of Raul Ramirez, a 32-year-old immigrant from El Salvador who de León said admitted to sexually assaulting his roommate.
Unlike Turner, Ramirez apologized and cried with remorse, de León said. But Persky showed no leniency, sentencing him to three years in state prison.
“Judge Persky is biased,” he said. “Judge Persky has put the interest of convicted abusers ahead of interests for victims of sexual assault. To me, it shows he is fundamentally unfit to serve on the bench.”