The California Assembly has unanimously approved AB 2888, a measure that will close a loophole in the state's sexual assault laws. The new legislation––which passed 66-0––would require at least a three-year prison sentence for anyone convicted of assaulting an unconscious person. Current California law imposes a prison sentence on people convicted of sexual assault, but not if the case involves victims who are unable to defend themselves. The bill now heads to the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown for his signature.
The new law is in response to a sentence imposed in June by Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky, who sentenced Stanford University student Brock Allen Turner to six months in jail for the rape of an unconscious woman. Critics condemned the verdict as too lenient.
Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky, who sentenced Stanford University swimmer Brock Allen Turner to six months in jail for the rape of an unconscious woman, has asked to no longer preside over criminal cases. Judge Persky’s ruling garnered him international notoriety and ignited a global conversation on privilege bias and the gross inequalities within the justice system.