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California Gov. Signs Mandatory Sexual Assault Sentence Bill Inspired by Brock Turner Release

Sept. 30, 2016

The bill requires state prison time for someone convicted of assaulting an unconscious victim

(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) — California Gov. Jerry Brown has approved two bills that emerged after a former Stanford University swimmer was sentenced to six months in jail for sexually assaulting a woman passed out near a trash bin.

The Democratic governor said Friday that he signed one bill requiring state prison time for someone convicted of assaulting an unconscious victim instead of a shorter jail sentence like the one Brock Turner received.

The one-time Olympic hopeful was released from jail in September after serving three months for good behavior.

Brown also signed a bill permitting sexual assault victims to say in court that they were raped, even if the attack doesn’t meet the technical legal definition.