(AP) — The attorneys who prosecuted a former Stanford University student-athlete whose light sentence for sexual assault drew national criticism have written legislation that would mandate harsher sentences in such cases.
The announcement Wednesday by Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen comes amid a local campaign to recall a judge who sentenced Brock Turner to six months in jail for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman on campus in January 2015.
Rosen says Assembly Bill 2888 would mandate at least a three-year prison sentence for anyone convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious person.
He says a prison sentence of three-to-eight years is mandatory for sexual assault of a conscious person and that assaulting an unconscious person shouldn't be treated less seriously.
The San Jose Mercury News reports Rosen's office wrote the bill and got two assemblymen to introduce it.