Letter from Nicole Hemenway

We need our elected officials to represent the voters in this county and what we value. Judge Persky has proven time and again that he is not fit for that task.

In Santa Clara County, we value women. We support victims of sexual violence, and we consider domestic violence, sexual assault, and felony child porn convictions to be serious crimes. We do not consider an unremorseful sex offender’s athletic prospects or elite background to be mitigating factors for why he deserves an exceptionally lenient sentence, worthy of being breaking international news. We believe in equal protection under the law and equal access to justice, and we demand that mercy extend beyond privileged perpetrators of sexual violence.

Judge Persky is my elected representative on the Superior Court bench, but he does not represent me or what I stand for, and that is why I’m voting yes to recall him this June.