In just three days, the petition has garnered over 300,000 signatures, and has been shared all over social media.
But this isn't the first time Persky presided over a rape case that had a controversial outcome.
In 2011, Persky presided over a case in which a 17-year-old student alleged she was gang raped by the De Anza College basketball team. He allowed the defense to show the jury seven photos of the girl partying with friends a year or so after the assault, which showed her which showed her in fishnets and a garter belt.
According to Mercury News, the defense argued these photos showed a “’direct contradiction’ of plaintiff's claim that she is socially isolated and socially reticent.”
The victim lost.
While it's important that people are denouncing Persky's abhorrent actions, a representative from the California Secretary of State's office told Revelist that "Signatures collected via a change.org petition would not count towards an actual recall of a Superior Court Judge."
So, what can be done to alleviate the judge of his duties?
According to California state law, judges can be recalled. But they must first be subjected to an investigation conducted by the state's commission on judicial performance.
So can Aaron Persky be booted at long last? Yes. But not everyone's optimistic about the odds.
“I don’t believe there’s ever been a recall on a Superior Court judge in the state,” David Gould, a political consultant in California, told BuzzFeed News. “You’re entering very uncharted territory.”