SANTA CLARA Bar Assoc. Denounces Recall Effort of Judge Persky: Rule of Law Will Suffer

A California appellate court has approved a ballot effort to go forward against Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky, but now the local legal community is speaking out against the organized campaign against him. SCCBA heard presentations by both the recall and anti-recall organizers, and it voted to side with the latter stating, ‘Judges have a duty to apply the law to the facts and evidence before them, regardless of public opinion or political pressure. … If judges fear direct, personal repercussions as a result of their decisions in individual cases, the rule of law will suffer. Our judicial system and the freedoms it guarantees will be critically undermined if judges must test popular opinion before ruling.’

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