Santa Clara (Calif.) County Judge Aaron Persky handed out an unusually light six-month sentence to the former Stanford University swimmer, despite sentencing recommendations stating the 20-year-old should face up to 14 years in prison.
Now, an online petition on Change.org has already garnered nearly 300,000 signatures in support of having Persky recalled!
According to the petition's mission statement, the arbiter failed to do his job and bring adequate justice to this case:
"Judge Persky failed to see that the fact that Brock Turner is a white male star athlete at a prestigious university does not entitle him to leniency. He also failed to send the message that sexual assault is against the law regardless of social class, race, gender or other factors."
Persky — a graduate of Stanford, where Turner had been attending as a competitive swimmer when the crime occurred — does have some supporters, though.
While Persky will undoubtedly be re-elected by virtue of the fact that it was far too late to mount an opposition on him now, hopefully something will come of this petition, and maybe somebody will get it right with this horrible, horrible case.
The YouTube celebrity posted a lengthy, emotional video revealing that she and her husband are ending their marriage.
While sharing the sad news with her over 4 million subscribers, Colleen immediately broke down, saying:
"I am dreading making this video. I'm just going to say it. Joshua and I are getting a divorce. Man, that sucks to say out loud."
But, Miz Ballinger stressed that her former flame didn't wrong her in any way, adding:
"I want to start off by saying Joshua is a wonderful man, and I am so in love with him. This has nothing to do with he's a bad person, or he did something horrible to me, or anything like that. He's a good person and I love him."
Instead, the singer clarified that they ultimately weren't a good fit together: