Bill Cosby Rape Cases Inspire Calif. to End Rape Statute of Limitations

Bill Cosby leaves the Montgomery County Courthouse after a pretrial conference related to aggravated indecent assault charges Sept. 6, 2016, in Norristown, Pa. Cosby is set to go on trial in the case June 5, 2017.

California is making changes to the way it prosecutes rape and child-molestation cases, and it's partially because of Bill Cosby's drugging and rape allegations. On Wednesday, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed S.B. 813, which ended the state’s 10-year statute of limitations regarding such cases, according to Reuters.

"Gov. Jerry Brown's signature of S.B. 813 tells every rape and sexual assault victim in California that they matter and that regardless of when they are ready to come forward, they will always have an opportunity to seek justice in a court of law," said bill author state Sen. Connie Leyva.


"Rapists should never be able to evade legal consequences simply because an arbitrary time limit has expired," she said.

Although the new law goes into effect next year, it is not retroactive and will not apply to any of Cosby's recent cases. One of Cosby's many accusers, Judy Huth, filed a civil suit against Cosby in California. Huth alleges that Cosby raped her at the Playboy Mansion when she was 15 years old.

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