The Cuban town of Santa Clara, famous for its association with Che Guevara, has also been at the forefront of a push to legalize gay marriage on the island. The proposed reform will be put to a referendum in February as part of a new constitution.
Two years ago last week, Stanford freshman Brock Turner was sentenced to six months in county jail after a jury convicted him of sexually assaulting a drunk, passed-out woman.
That verdict sparked national outrage, and in Santa Clara County, California, a pitched effort to recall Judge Aaron Persky at the ballot box.
Much of the country has moved on from Brock Turner and his crime. Those who remember it, remember a bad judge making a bad decision and that’s about it. But in Santa Clara county, the debate has changed into something different — an argument about how best to correct a mistake.
On both sides of the recall question you’ll find county leaders who hate the sentence. Recall supporters say they’re exercising their democratic rights. Opponents say a recall will endanger judicial independence and ensure that there are more bad sentences, not fewer.
VICE News spent the last weekend of the recall campaign in Silicon Valley, home of Stanford — and the case that made national headlines in 2016.
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A half-century after his death, Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara will be remembered in ceremonies next week in Cuba and in Bolivia, whose CIA-trained troops sent shockwaves around the world when they executed the Cold War revolutionary icon in 1967. In Cuba — where schoolchildren still begin their day with a raised fist salute and chant “Pioneers for communism, we will be like Che” — President Raul Castro will lead a ceremony at his mausoleum in the central town of Santa Clara.