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The State

Seventy-three members of the California Legislature asked the state Supreme Court to reconsider and reverse its recent controversial decision on what constitutes “separate occasions” in cases where a victim is repeatedly raped. In a friend of the court brief, the bipartisan group of lawmakers charged that the court misinterpreted the Legislature’s intent in a 1979 law that imposed a consecutive sentence for each time a rapist attacked the victim. last month, the high court adopted a narrow definition of what constitutes separate occasions. The lawmaker’s brief supports a petition for a rehearing filed by the state attorney general.


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