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CA Passes Brock Turner-Inspired Law; Turner Set to Be Freed Friday

HeadlineAug 30, 2016

California lawmakers voted Monday to pass a law requiring prison time for those convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious victim. This comes in the wake of California Judge Aaron Persky’s decision to sentence Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner to a six-month prison term for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman behind a dumpster. Judge Persky said he was concerned a longer prison sentence would have a “severe impact” on Turner. Following outrage over this sentence, Persky has removed himself from hearing criminal cases. Turner is set to be released from Santa Clara jail on Friday, after serving only half of his sentence.

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