Text of the Bill Can be found here: California Assembly Bill 2888
Brock Turner, the 20-year-old Stanford student who sexually assaulted an unconscious woman behind a dumpster in January last year, will be released from prison this Friday after serving only three months — just half of his six-month sentence.
Now a bill is headed to California Governor Jerry Brown’s desk that will close the loophole that allowed Brock to receive such a lenient punishment.
Brock’s case and the subsequent sentencing caused widespread outrage. Though he was convicted of assault with intent to commit rape of an intoxicated woman, sexually penetrating an intoxicated person with a foreign object, and sexually penetrating an unconscious person with a foreign object, Judge Aaron Persky, who was overseeing the trial, gave Brock only six months of jail time instead of the six years prosecutors were seeking.
Persky argued that jail would have a “severe impact” on Turner.
Criticism of Judge Persky following the verdict has been vocal and unrelenting. He announced last week that he will no longer hear criminal cases, and he is currently battling an effort to recall him.