I did not realize how much anxiety I was carrying about the recall of Judge Aaron Persky until last night, when I saw the early returns-- later confirmed-- that the recall was going to go through.

I felt like a heavy weight was removed from my chest. It’s the first time a judge has been recalled in California since the 1930s. And it was not easy.

Judge Persky-- for those who don’t know-- was the judge who gave Stanford Swimmer Brock Turner a shockingly lenient sentence, setting off a national uproar about rape culture on college campuses. I have called Stanford Law Professor Michele Dauber (above) the ultimate mama bear for her reaction to hearing Judge Turner’s sentence as it was read that day in the courtroom: She would fight to get him recalled no matter what it cost her...