Crime Victims Bill Goes to Senate
Legislation introduced by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) has cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee and is headed for the full Senate. The proposed legislation protects funds for programs that assist victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.
House Passes Cruise Ship Safety Legislation
Last week, the House passed cruise safety legislation that would “oblige cruise ships that serve U.S. ports to publicly report shipboard crimes, employ U.S. doctors and install peepholes in cabin doors, among other requirements.”
Lawmaker resubmits bill requiring rape-kit reports
Earlier this week, Assemblyman Anthony Portantino reintroduced a bill that “would require police to document their progress in testing evidence from rapes, after Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed similar legislation earlier this month.”
Grant documents deepen confusion over UC Davis sex assault statistics
Documents used to justify large grants from the federal government that support the violence prevention program at UC Davis raise additional questions about inconsistencies in the school’s reporting of crime statistics.
Five arrested in alleged gang rape; juveniles being charged as adults
Richmond, California (CNN) — Police investigating the gang rape of a 15-year-old girl have arrested five people, a police spokesman said Wednesday. Three juveniles and two adults are in custody in the rape on Saturday, said the Richmond police spokesman, Lt. Mark Gagan. The three juveniles will be charged as adults, he said.
Calif. lawmakers support Polanski extradition
LOS ANGELES – Fifteen California legislators have signed a letter supporting the extradition of Roman Polanski to Los Angeles to face his decades-old child sex conviction.
State Sen. Gloria Romero, a Los Angeles Democrat, recently wrote the letter to Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley saying the 76-year-old filmmaker should face his past and that “no one is above the law.”