The state Senate on Thursday sent Gov. Jerry Brown a bill that would expand the evidence that prosecutors can bring forth at trial against defendants charged with selling victims for sex.
The legislation, filed by Sen. Toni Atkins (D-San Diego), would allow prosecutors to call on witnesses or provide records that speak to a criminal suspect's character, in attempts to show to the jury a pattern of abuse toward the victim. Such evidence is prohibited at trial, except in cases involving sexual assault domestic violence, or abuse of a child or an elder.
In a statement, Atkins said the change in the court rule would lead to more convictions of sex predators.