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Rape bill in response to Brock Turner case shows how headlines trump thinking in criminal justice

Rape bill in response to Brock Turner case shows how headlines trump thinking in criminal justice

As 15-year-old Audrie Pott lay unconscious at a party in September 2012, three boys sexually abused her, wrote comments on her body and texted photos of their act to other students at Saratoga High School in Santa Clara County. Audrie committed suicide several days later.

The teenage attackers got off with a few weeks in juvenile hall; two were allowed to serve their time on weekends. Anger over the light sentence crystallized in the form of SB 838 – also known as Audrie’s Law – which increases penalties against juveniles who sexually assault people who have passed out.

It would have been nice if the brutal attack, the...

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