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Bills Inspired By Turner Sexual Assault Case Sent to Governor

CA Sexual Assault Bills


Katie Orr, government and politics reporter, KQED


Brock Turner, a former Stanford University student and member of the swim team, was convicted in March of this year for raping an unconscious woman behind a dumpster on the Stanford University campus.

When his sentence was handed down by Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky, many found it as shocking as the crime itself. Turner received six months in county jail and three years of probation.

He will be released Friday after serving three months.

California's sentencing guidelines for rape of an unconscious person allow for judges to use their discretion in a ruling, including just a penalty of probation. Turner's sentence inspired two separate bills to close loopholes in those guidelines.

AB 701, co-authored by San Diego Assembly members Toni Atkins and Brian Maienschein, expands the definition of rape.

AB 2888 prohibits probation for certain crimes, including rape.

Another bill, SB 813, written before Turner's sentencing, eliminates the statute of limitations for rape. That bill is awaiting final passage by the senate.

KQED's government and politics reporter Katie Orr discusses these bills and their prognosis for being signed by Gov. Brown, on Midday Edition.


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