Judge in Brock Turner sex abuse case hires Trump consultant

Aaron Persky, judge in the Stanford rape case who gave Brock Turner 6-months for sexual assaulting an unconscious 23-year-old woman,
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A California judge facing a recall effort after sentencing former Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner to six months in jail for sexual assault has hired a political consultant who ran President Donald Trump's Arizona campaign.

Disclosure forms filed this week show that Santa Clara County Judge Aaron Persky paid $30,000 to Brian Seitchik's Phoenix-based RDP Strategies.

Reports with the California secretary of state's office show Persky has raised $128,000 through the end of June. The recall campaign has taken in $444,000.

Neither Seitchik nor Persky responded to requests for comment Wednesday.

Trump hired Seitchik in July 2016 to direct his campaign in Arizona, a state Trump won 49.5 percent to Hillary Clinton's 45.4 percent.

The push to recall Persky is led by Stanford University law professor Michelle Dauber, who helped Clinton raise money.



 
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