Assembly Public Safety Committee Postpones Vote on "Audrie's Law"

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    The Assembly Public Safety Committee on Tuesday postponed the vote on a proposed cyberbullying law known as "Audrie Law." Bob Redell reports.

    The Assembly Public Safety Committee on Tuesday postponed the vote on a proposed cyberbullying law.

    The legislation, called "Audrie's Law,"  would expand California's definition of rape to include the sexual assault of an unconscious or developmentally disabled person. The measure is sought by the family of Audrie Pott, a 15-year-old Saratoga High School student who was sexually assaulted while unconscious at a house party in 2012, and later committed suicide.

    Audrie’s Law, or SB 838, introduced by Senator Jim Beall (D-San Jose), would close a statutory loophole that fails to recognize the sexual violation of an unconscious or developmentally disabled victim as forcible rape.

    The bill would also require a mandatory minimum two-year sentence for juveniles who are convicted in juvenile court of raping an unconscious or developmentally disabled person and to allow such cases to be tried in an open courtroom.

    Assembly Public Safety Committee to Decide on Audrey's Law

    [BAY] Assembly Public Safety Committee to Decide on Audrey's Law
    The Assembly Public Safety Committee on Tuesday is scheduled to decide on whether a proposed cyberbullying law should move forward. NBC Bay Area's Bob Redell reports.

    "We feel what we are asking for a two-year minimum sentence is completely reasonable and warranted," said Sheila Pott, Audrie's mother. "And the public wants this."

    Assembly Public Safety Committee to Decide on "Audrie's Law"

    [BAY] Assembly Public Safety Committee to Decide on "Audrie's Law"
    The Assembly Public Safety Committee on Tuesday is scheduled to decide on whether a proposed cyberbullying law should move forward. Marianne Favro reports.

    The Center of Juvenile and Criminal Justice opposes the bill.

    "This bill would be the first mandatory minimum sentence in the juvenile justice system in our state," said Lizzie Buchen, Center of Juvenile and Criminal Justice. "It has been tried in adult court and is very ineffective, and it doesn't prevent crime."

    Senators Discuss Stiffer Penalties in Wake of Audrie Pott Suicide

    [BAY] Senators Discuss Stiffer Penalties in Wake of Audrie Pott Suicide
    On Tuesday, lawmakers in Sacramento will hear testimony at the Senate Public Safety Committee hearing stemming from the suicide of 15-year-old Audrie Pott of Saratoga. Christie Smith reports

    Another group, California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, sent a letter to Tom Ammiano, the chair of the Assembly Public Safety Committee. The letter claims the proposed bill is using Audrie's death to wreak havoc on the juvenile justice system.

    Sheila Pott disagrees with the letter's claim and said Audrie's Law will only help victims like her daughter.

    Audrie's Law: Cyberbullying Bill Responds to Teen's Suicide

    [BAY] Audrie's Law: Cyberbullying Bill Responds to Teen's Suicide
    Calif. senator Jim Beall introduced cyberbullying legislation on Friday in response to 15-year-old Audrie Pott's suicide after her family says photographs of a sexual assault she suffered were circulated to classmates. Marianne Favro reports.

    The bill stems from what happened to Audrie at a party in 2012. She drank too much and passed out.  Later there were photos of her lying unconscious with words scribbled on her body, images that would be shared with others. 

    On her Facebook page, Audrie expressed that her life was ruined and that others knew what happened. She killed herself on Sept. 12 of that year. The three teens involved were sentenced under the juvenile justice system with penalties of 30 to 45 days.


    Jodi Hernandez and Christie Smith contributed to this report.