Sexual Assault Articles

Defending Sexual Assault Cases Years After the Alleged Incident

Bill Cosby probably believed he had nothing to worry about. Allegations of sexual assault against him were based on events that took place decades ago. Yet, Cosby was found guilty of drugging and sexually assaulting a woman in 2004, and is now serving a sentence of between up to 10 years in a Pennsylvania state prison. The high-profile Cosby case prompted many states – including California – to re-examine the…

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New California Rape Law: Everything You Need to Know (PC 263.1)

In the months since Stanford student Brock Turner was issued a lenient sentence for alleged sexual assault of an unconscious woman, there has been a lot of talk about changing the way California handles sex crime cases. Now, a new law is in place that lawmakers believe will fix the issues with rape and sexual assault sentencing in California. Mandatory Sentencing for Rape (AB 2888) Lawmakers introduced Assembly Bill 2888…

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Should There Be No Statute of Limitations on Rape in California?

In the wake of the Bill Cosby sexual assault allegations, California Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) is proposing a bill that would significantly change rape laws in the state. If passed, the bill would eliminate any statute of limitations for rape cases.1 What is the Statute of Limitations on Rape in California? In criminal cases, a “statute of limitations” is a time limit on how long prosecutors can wait before…

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Bill Cosby Sexual Assault Charges Prove Time Doesn’t Provide Immunity from Penalties

The district attorney’s office of Montgomery County, Penn., has filed criminal charges against Bill Cosby for an alleged sexual assault that occurred in 2004, narrowly within the 12-year statute of limitations for the crime. Andrea Constand alleged in January 2004 that she was drugged and sexually assaulted by Cosby. According to reports, she previously attempted to file criminal charges in 2005, but the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office indicated insufficient…

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