Record­ing crimes on video could bring harsher sen­tences

Manteca Bulletin - - Local/State -

SACRA­MENTO (AP) — Tak­ing a video record­ing of a vi­o­lent felony as it is oc­cur­ring may now in­crease a per­son’s crim­i­nal sen­tence in Cal­i­for­nia.

Leg­is­la­tion signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday says courts may con­sider such record­ings as an ag­gra­vat­ing fac­tor when de­ter­min­ing some­one’s sen­tence. It ap­plies to vi­o­lent felonies such as mur­der, rape, rob­bery or a host of other crimes if the de­fen­dant is film­ing the of­fense with the in­tent of en­cour­ag­ing or fa­cil­i­tat­ing it.

As­sem­bly­man Matt Dabab­neh says the bill is aimed at de­ter­ring at­tacks mo­ti­vated by so­cial me­dia.

It’s called “Jor­dan’s Law” after 14-year-old Jor­dan Peis­ner, who was at­tacked out­side of a restau­rant last year. A video of the at­tack was posted on so­cial me­dia.

A num­ber of crimes have been streamed on so­cial me­dia in re­cent years.

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