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June 7 Digest

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, June 08, 2016

California Supreme Court rules for Jerry Brown in prison case

The California Supreme Court, siding with Gov. Jerry Brown in a major prison case, on Monday overturned a lower court ruling blocking his initiative to make some nonviolent felons eligible for early parole. In a 6-1 ruling, the court found Brown acted within his discretion when he filed the November ballot initiative as an amendment to a narrower measure concerning juvenile justice. By David Siders — The Sacramento Bee


Light sentence in Stanford sexual assault causes outrage

A lenient sentence handed to a former Stanford swimmer convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman last year has exploded in a global outcry and a petition to recall the judge who gave Brock Turner six months behind bars. The reaction -- which has sparked international media attention and an online petition to recall the judge, with 152,000 signatures as of Monday evening -- was fueled by a widely circulated, extraordinary letter the victim wrote to Turner and read aloud in the courtroom about the trauma she endured after waking up in the hospital with no memory of the assault and, later, withstanding invasive questions during the criminal proceedings. By Katy Murphy — East Bay Times

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Diana Ware didn’t think she’d live to see her stepdaughter’s killer brought to justice. In the decades since 23-year-old Barbara Ware was shot and killed in 1987, Ware had gotten used to waiting. By James Queally and Marisa Gerber — Los Angeles Times

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