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Ex-Stanford swimmer in sex assault case set for release

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>> He's getting out of jail, the former Stanford University swimmer, Brock Turner, who got six months behind bars for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman on campus, is a free man Friday. After just three months thanks to good behavior. His case caused international outrage at his perceived light sentence and ignited a debate over how California defines and punishes rape.
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The trial making headlines when the victim shared a 7,200 words letter addressing her attacker in court. The letter itself going viral. California lawmakers this week passed bills calling for mandatory prison time for sex assaults involving unconscious victims and expanding the state's definition of rape. Reuters reporter Sharon Bernstein.
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>> So these bills are on Jerry Brown's desk. It's not certain yet whether he will sign them. But they come at a very interesting time politically. This is a time when Democrats and Republicans across the country are talking about rolling back mandatory minimum sentences and other enhancements that give judges less discretion to make decisions in cases.
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They're doing this because overall in the prison system this has led to a very crowded situation. And a situation where the poor and minorities are incarcerated for a longer time and a far greater rate than other people are.>> Turner was charge with sexual assault instead of rape because he didn't have intercourse with his victim.
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Instead penetrating her with his finger. And California law does not define that as rape. Since the sentencing the Judge Aaron Persky has faced intense scrutiny and calls for him to be ousted from the bench. He has since recused himself from a sexual assault case and asked to hear only civil cases.