In this March 30, 2015 photo, Brock Turner appears in the Palo Alto, Calif., branch of Santa Clara County Superior Court court for a status hearing. A California judge under fire for a light sentence given to a Stanford University swimmer has recused himself from making his first key decision in another sex crimes case. The judge is the target of a recall campaign that started in June after he sentenced former Stanford swimmer Brock Turner, 20, to six months in jail for sexually assaulting an intoxicated woman who passed out behind a trash bin after a fraternity party. (Gary Reyes/San Jose Mercury News via AP, File)

Judge in Stanford sex assault case leaves criminal court

A judge whose sentencing of a former Stanford University swimmer to six months in jail for sexual assault touched off a national debate over…