Good Law | Bad Law #83 – To Recall Or Not To Recall, That Is The Question. w/ Judge LaDoris Cordell

Aaron Freiwald, Managing Partner of Freiwald Law and host of the weekly podcast series Good Law | Bad Law, is joined by LaDoris Cordell, retired judge of the Superior Court of California and former Independent Police Auditor for the city of San Jose, California. Judge Cordell joins the program to discuss the recall of Judge Aaron Persky.


Judge Cordell has been a leading voice in the fight against Judge Aaron Persky’s recall in California. He was recently recalled after he handed down what was seen as a lenient sentence to Stanford swimmer Brock Turner, who was convicted of three felonies that carried a maximum sentence of 14 years: assault with intent to rape an intoxicated woman, sexually penetrating an intoxicated person with a foreign object, and sexually penetrating an unconscious person with a foreign object.


If you are not familiar with the Brock Turner case, click here to learn more.


After hearing statements from both the Plaintiff and the Defendant in the case, as well as the Probation Department Supervisor, Judge Persky sentenced Turner to 6 months in jail.


Read Brock Turner’s Statement to the court here.

Read the Plaintiff’s statement to the court here.


Judge Cordell has been leading the fight against the recall of Judge Persky. She explains all the details and information that isn’t being talked about in the media but is so important to fully understanding the impact of this recall. She explains how Judge Persky has been through a review process where other judges review the sentence and determine if there was any wrongdoing; she talks about how Judge Persky came to his decision to sentence Turner to 6 months; and she talks about the potential long-term effects that recalling a Judge, who has done nothing wrong in the eyes of the law, can have on the Judicial Branch.


Join Aaron Freiwald and retired Superior Court of California Judge LaDoris Cordell for this truly fascinating conversation about the Brock Turner case, the recall of Judge Aaron Persky, and the importance of an independent judiciary in the United States.


If you’d like to learn more about Judge Cordell’s stellar career, visit her website:


Host: Aaron Freiwald

Guest: Judge LaDoris Cordell