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June 27 Digest

Posted By Administration, Monday, June 27, 2016
Updated: Monday, June 27, 2016

Increasing penalties for sexual assault not that easy

Before Judge Aaron Persky gave Brock Turner the lenient sentence heard around the world, few knew that California’s penal code deemed the sexual assault of an unconscious person less severe than an attack on a conscious person — or that the state defined rape in very narrow terms. Outrage over Turner’s six-month jail sentence for three felony counts of sexual assault quickly inspired legislation to toughen penalties and broaden California’s definition of rape — proposals that take aim at a problem all too common on college campuses. By Katy Murphy and Jessica Calefati — San Jose Mercury News


'We’re not the same as in 1945': Activist tells the story of how her parents fought school segregation in California

Seven decades ago, Sylvia Mendez’s parents went to court to fight for her right to attend a predominantly white school in her Orange County neighborhood. On a recent evening, she sat in a place of honor on the stage of a Boyle Heights school that bears their name. By Daniela Gerson — Los Angeles Times


Interpreter video pilot program approved by Judicial Council

The Judicial Council unanimously approved Friday a pilot program to gauge whether state courts can implement live video of interpreters to assist court visitors. Video remote interpretation (VRI) is one of the more high-profile proposals within a comprehensive Language Access Plan that aims to expand translation services to limited English speakers throughout the entire state court system. By Kevin Lee — Daily Journal (sub. req.)


Supreme Court overturns Texas abortion restrictions

The Supreme Court, in a victory for abortion-rights advocates, has limited the power of Texas and other states to restrict or effectively shut down clinics that offer the procedure. The justices, by a 5-3 vote, said Monday that Texas lawmakers went too far by imposing unnecessary regulations that had forced most of the state’s abortion clinics to go out of business. By David G. Savage — Los Angeles Times

See also: The New York Times, McClatchy

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