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Sen. Jim Beall Reaches Compromise on ‘Audrie’s Law’

Audrie Pott was the victim of a sexual assault by her classmates and would later take her own life. A bill to prevent similar crimes is making its way through the state legislature.

A bill created in response to a Saratoga teen’s sexual assault and suicide was amended Tuesday to remove mandatory sentencing for juvenile sex offenders. The modified “Audrie’s Law,” named after 15-year-old Audrie Pott and introduced by Sen. Jim Beall (D-San Jose) as SB 838, received unanimous support from the Assembly Public Safety Committee in a 4-0 vote. But the vote, postponed from last week, came only after Beall agreed to nix the part that would have required mandatory two-year-minimum sentencing for youth who sexually assault an unconscious, intoxicated or mentally disabled victim.

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