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Stanford law professor Michele Dauber speaks at a rally calling for the removal of Judge Aaron Persky from the bench June 10, 2016, in San Francisco. (Photo: Eric Risberg/AP)

The successful recall of Aaron Persky caps an emotional and intense two-year campaign for his ouster led by opponents appalled at the California judge’s lenient sentencing of sexual assault convict Brock Turner. It also marks a historic and rare event: The last time a sitting judge in California was recalled was more than 80 years ago, in 1932.

The recall campaign—and its results—have been viewed by many in the legal establishment with trepidation about the signal it sends regarding judicial independence. Legal experts and outside observers, though, seem to agree that the circumstances surrounding Persky were unique and not likely to be easily replicated.

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Ben Hancock

Ben Hancock is the Data Editor for ALM Media and Law.com. He is based in San Francisco.

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Hank Grezlak

Hank Grezlak is the editor-in-chief for ALM's legal theme desks and regional publications and oversees Law.com, and has been covering courts and law firms since 1993. He has won numerous awards for his journalism, including several for investigative reporting, columns, and enterprise reporting. In 2016 he was awarded the G.D. Crain, Jr. Award for Distinguished Editorial Career.

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