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September 6 Digest

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Ex-Stanford swimmer registers as sex offender in Ohio after assault

Former Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner has registered as a sex offender in his home state of Ohio, following his conviction for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman in 2015 and public outrage over his six-month jail sentence. The controversy over a sentence seen as too short and over the fact Turner, a one-time U.S. Olympic hopeful, was released early has stoked intense debate about sexual assault on U.S. college campuses and beyond.
Reuters


State Judicial Council: ‘We are out of money’ for court construction

State judicial officials voted last month to delay more than two dozen courthouse construction projects in 26 counties, saying budget shortfalls have drained the money needed to fund them. The plan that Judicial Council of California officials approved at their Aug. 26 meeting allows local courts to complete the project work already begun – construction, site acquisition, working drawings, or, as in Sacramento, preliminary design plans for its proposed $493 million project near the city’s railyard – before the council halts further work while it seeks funding.
 -- The Sacramento Bee

 

California wants to make it easier to prosecute old rape cases. But how much would a new law really help?

Dozens of women say that Bill Cosby sexually assaulted them, but the entertainer faces criminal charges in only one case, largely because of legal deadlines. The deadlines, or statutes of limitation, are intended to ensure that cases are investigated promptly and defendants are tried when memories are still fresh and evidence available.
 -- Los Angeles Times

 

UC Berkeley law school dean accused of sexual harrassment returns

The return of a professor named Sujit Choudry who went on indefinite leave following allegations of sexual harassment has returned and that's stirring up questions with law school students. "Obviously someone like him shouldn't be able to come back here as if nothing happened, so I think that's definitely unfair," Berkeley law student Sadaf Tabatabai said.
ABC 7 News

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