Gov. Brown signs bill for mandatory sexual assault sentences

Brock Turner walks out of Santa Clara County Jail on Friday, September 2, 2016 in San Jose, Calif. (KGO-TV)

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.


The Associated Press and KGO-TV contributed to this story.
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