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Brock Turner mug shot. (Santa Clara County Sheriff's Department)


Prosecutor in Brock Turner rape case proposes mandatory minimum prison time bill

By WITW Staff on June 23, 2016

The sexual assault of a victim who is unconscious should be a crime that has a mandatory minimum of three years in prison as its punishment, the prosecutor in the Stanford University sexual assault case said this week as he introduced a bill that would prevent judges from handing out light sentences in cases like that of Brock Turner. Turner, a former Stanford swimmer, was given six months in county jail and probation last month for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman on campus. The Associated Press later reported that he would likely be released after only three months. The light sentence drew widespread public outrage.

Jeff Rosen, the district attorney in Santa Clara County, announced on Wednesday a new bill that would make the punishment for sexually assaulting an unconscious person equal to that for sexually assaulting a conscious one: three years minimum in state prison.

“Sexually assaulting an unconscious person is as serious as sexually assaulting a conscious person and there should be no distinction,” Rosen said.

The current law allows a judge to give a lighter sentence in “unusual case where the interests of justice would best be served” by probation.

Read the full story at The Guardian.


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