California weighs changing rape statute after Cosby claims

California weighs changing rape statute after Cosby claims

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – The California Legislature is advancing a bill driven in part by prosecutors’ difficulty in pursuing sexual assault charges against Bill Cosby.

SB813 would eliminate the state’s 10-year statute of limitations on rape and child molestation charges.

Previous versions failed years ago in the Senate Public Safety Committee. But the new bill by Democratic Sen. Connie Leyva of Chino passed the committee 4-0 on Tuesday after testimony by witnesses including lawyer Gloria Allred, who represents 30 of Cosby’s accusers.

Several of his accusers told senators they are unable to bring charges now because they didn’t come forward years ago.

Cosby has consistently denied sexual abuse allegations made by dozens of women around the country. Some of the claims date to the 1960s.

Several other states are considering similar bills.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.

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