Stories You Might Have Missed This Week - Pacific Standard

Stories You Might Have Missed This Week

Californians remove a controversial judge from the bench, Trump might be down with legalizing marijuana, and fourth-graders can keep going to national parks for free.
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Grand Prismatic Spring is the largest hot spring in Yellowstone National Park.

Grand Prismatic Spring is the largest hot spring in Yellowstone National Park.

This week, we brought you stories on the shocking legacy of America's worst modern-day lynching, what's going on with the gig economy, and the high costs of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline to vulnerable communities. Here are a few other stories we're watching.

The Judge Who Gave Brock Turner a Light Sentence Has Been Recalled

In 2016, Judge Aaron Persky sentenced Brock Turner, a former Stanford University student, to just six months of jail time after he was convicted of sexual assault. The victim's haunting and detailed statement, which BuzzFeed published, was quickly shared more than 10 million times. Stanford law professor Michelle Dauber led the effort to recall Persky. "He's very interested in what will work for the abuser and it's really to the exclusion of the victim," Dauber told HuffPost. Recall opponents expressed concern that this decision could make judges hesitant about leniency going forward even when it's appropriate. This is the first time a judge has been recalled in California in more than 80 years, the New York Times reports.

The President Suggested He'll Likely Support Legislation for Marijuana Legalization

President Donald Trump told reporters on Friday that he "probably will end up supporting" a bipartisan proposal, recently introduced by Senator Cory Gardner (R-Colorado) and Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts), that would shift the question of legalization to the state level, NPR reports. This was evidently news to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has consistently opposed legalization. In other pot news this week, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper vetoed a bill that would have made marijuana "tasting rooms" legal in the state, and police in Minneapolis dropped charges and halted sting operations targeting low-level marijuana sales after it was revealed that 46 out of 47 people arrested this year were black.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke Will Not End the Every Kid in a Park Program

Following lobbying efforts by advocacy groups including the Sierra Club and the Wilderness Society, the National Park Service announced on Friday that Secretary Zinke has re-authorized the program that allows fourth-grade students and their families to enter national parks for free. Jackie Ostfeld, the chairwoman of the Outdoor Alliance for Kids, which advocates for outdoor opportunities for children and families, called the decision "a victory for kids across the U.S.," E&E News reports.

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