Letter from Phuong thao Macleod

Women make up 50% of the population of Santa Clara County. When the damage perpetrators do to women is treated as if it pales in comparison to the damage that holding them accountable for their actions might cause them, we must stand up and assert that enough is enough. We do not need to tolerate crimes committed against us being treated as if they don’t matter.

Judge Persky has claimed that public confidence in the judiciary will be harmed if we successfully recall him, but I and the nearly 100,000 voters who signed the petition to put his recall on the ballot disagree. The six-month sentence that Judge Persky gave to former Stanford swimmer Brock Turner for assaulting an unconscious woman has done immeasurable damage to women’s confidence in the fairness or efficacy of our judicial system.

Please vote yes to recall Judge Persky.