September 8th, 2010
10:00 PM ET

Gov. Schwarzenegger to sign 'Chelsea's Law' on Thursday

The parents of a California teen who was raped and murdered by a sex offender this year will join Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Thursday as he signs into law a bill that increases penalties for certain sex offenses.

Named after 17-year-old Chelsea King, "Chelsea's Law" increases penalties for forcible sex acts against minors and mandates lifetime parole for certain sex offenders.

Schwarzenegger will be joined by the teen's parents, Brent and Kelly King, and the bill's sponsor, Assemblymember Nathan Fletcher, as he signs it into law at Balboa Park in San Diego, California at 9:45 a.m. PT. The event will be webcast live at www.gov.ca.gov.

"Chelsea's Law" has an urgency clause attached to it that means it will take effect as soon as it is signed.

Read more about "Chelsea's Law" on CNN.com

The bill creates a penalty of life without the possibility of parole for forcible sex crimes against minors that include aggravating factors, such as the victim's age or whether the victim was bound or drugged.

"Chelsea's Law" also sets criteria for assessing the risk of recidivism and, based on that risk, placing certain paroled sex offenders under greater supervision.

Registered sex offender John Gardner III has admitted to killing King and 14-year-old Amber Dubois. He was sentenced in April to three consecutive terms of life without parole for the murders and an attack on a jogger in a plea deal that spared him the death penalty.

Dubois' father is behind three assembly bills concerning law enforcement response to missing children. They are also awaiting Schwarzenegger's signature.

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  1. Ashley

    Good. These people who do this are disgusting. Put them away for LIFE.

    September 8, 2010 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kpinpoway

      Glad something is being put into legislation that will help keep these monsters off the street. I am a resident of Poway and support this fully. God bless the King's and all who helped get this done.

      September 9, 2010 at 1:29 am | Report abuse |
  2. Patrick Burke

    What I learned today:
    1. I have never talked on a message board thread. It is fun and informative "Plus I found I can not spell that good"
    2. All people are thoughtfull, in there opionons.
    3. As far as I can tell God Rules no matter what label is put on the belief product
    4. We take daily events broadcasted on network news as being the topic of the day. We in most cases do not believe what is being told.
    5. It was a total pleasure reading the posted thoughts. As Darrell said " We all worship the same God."

    September 9, 2010 at 12:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Christopher

      No, we don't. I for one do not worship ANY 'god' because he is just a made up figure meant to make people adhere to the personal beliefs and 'morality' of people 2000+ years ago.

      September 9, 2010 at 1:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Wingrider

      Christopher – I see you have confused God with religion. God created heaven and earth, along with all the people and animals. Religion tries to use that fact to guilt you to do things their way, that is politics. If there is one God, then all the religions are praying to the same God, and all the divisivness is their attempt at control the masses in the name of the God of their vision.

      September 9, 2010 at 7:11 am | Report abuse |
    • DACOOLE

      If you decide to return, you will change your mind regarding all of your points pretty quick.

      September 9, 2010 at 7:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Jessi

      Ok look I am very happy that this artical was informative and i am glad the law is being signed but NOT EVERYONE belives in God i hate to burst your bubble but not everything is tied to "god" good on you for what you belive in but do not force it into a conversation piece or upon other people not all of us are brain washed by the so called "word of god"

      September 9, 2010 at 7:43 am | Report abuse |
    • eva68

      To all the ones that have a problem with God. Why can't you just let a post be a post? They won't change you, you won't change them. People that have belief say "we all" and "us" because the believe that there is hope for all humans. It is a showing of love and kindness that so often met with hateful comments.

      This article is about two little girls and a law that was made because of them, not whether you believe in God. I hope that there last thoughts were not so painful, that maybe they had faith and belief that helped them deal with this awful thing that happened to them.

      September 9, 2010 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Jared

      That anything exists at all is very bizarre to me. That someone will say, "I can exist, but God can't" is the most bizarre and arrogant thing of all.

      September 9, 2010 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Todd

      God created reality shows and Fox news.

      He can go rot.

      September 9, 2010 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Jessi

      HAHAHAHA my comment ended up making a conversation peice LOL i knew it would anytime you mention God dosnt exsist people go insane thanks for helping my research out for my pshycology class/

      September 9, 2010 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Todd

      No offense Wingrider, but when an atheist says he doesn't believe in god, he is really saying that if God is so there, let him prove it.

      The world exists. Is it because of god, or a random collision of atoms that occured from the expansion of dark matter billions of years ago?

      Did God create the big bang and sit back?

      Who created God?

      Maybe these questions will be answered when we die, or maybe not. But unless you can point to God (or something that cannot be explained by the laws of physics and nature) then you may as well stop pushing your faith on the skeptics and cynics of the world. You won't convince anyone, and you'll just tick them of.

      September 9, 2010 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      People, please learn some grammar. There is a direction such as "over there", and their means ownership. I hate when idiots cannot get this simple English language concept correct. And also, thoughtful has only one 'L' at the end. Idiots.

      September 9, 2010 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  3. A.M.

    Being a student at Poway High School and knowing who Chelsea King was and seeing her around school this brings such joy knowing that this horrible event has spurred some good out of it. My school was absolutely destroyed by what happened to her, people who didn't personally know her were depressed, deeply saddened, and mourning her loss, including me. Every student got that feeling that once she went missing, we should be allowed to go out and help find her because she is a classmate.

    I'm glad this is going forward, so we can prevent events like this. I will never forget that week where our school was torn apart by this event

    September 9, 2010 at 1:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Patrick

      It was a tragic thing and never should have happened, but this law was nothing more than just another law where a politician uses the death of a child for political gain. Megan's Law, Jessica's Law, Jenna's Law, Amber Alert, etc. Simply using people's emotion around a case to get name attached to legislation and thus prolong political career. Sad, but this is true.

      These crimes are terrible and the people who do them are terrible, but to make new laws with tougher penalties doesn't prevent or deter these crimes, and certainly doesn't bring back the child. All it does is continue the hysteria that surrounds these type cases, and siding with emotion and revenge.

      Education and trying to prevent people from wanting to harm a child is key. Telling people they will serve 250 years in prison instead of 20 just tells them they should kill their victim to make it harder for them to get told on.

      Again, this child, like Megan, Jessica, Jenna and Amber was used for political gain.

      September 9, 2010 at 2:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Name*Lynda

      Patrick, you are so wrong. This law passed due to the King Family's hard work during a time of great heartbreak and grief. It passed due to the hard work of Chelsea's Light facebook page volunteers and it's 97,000 members. It passed due to the BIPARTISAN work of some very dedicated legislators. Let's leave politics out of it. I choose to believe in the goodness and decency of those who fought for this much needed law. Last, Chelsea is responsible for this law. She wanted to change the world and her sacrifice has done that.

      September 9, 2010 at 2:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Ubunto

      Patrick is spot on. As emotionally difficult as it might be to hear. No fewer kids will be molested, but more will be killed. And some will be jailed even longer wrongfully. Yeah hysteria.

      September 9, 2010 at 8:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      Patrick is dead wrong. The man who killed Chelsea would not have been on the street to do so had this law been enacted years ago.

      September 9, 2010 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
    • roger

      A.M.

      Why were you depressed because a stranger got killed? Do you get depressed every time someone you dont know dies? Or is it because you really dont feel bad for the victim at all and just realize that you too are mortal and it could have been you? Im not saying you are a bad person, or that your depression is not real. But the only reason this matters to you is because it was in your face. If it had been a girl at a school 50 miles away you would not even think twice about it.

      The only way to grow as a person is to be honest with yourself.

      Patrick, I think you are being a little hard (but only a little). i am sure the family involved thinks they are doing a good thing. And unlike many moronic fear mongering laws this one actually tries to address some of the issues. (longer parole) rather than trying to do like they did in Virginia and keep them in jail by comitting them AFTER they served their time or forcing them to live under bridges.

      That having been said, you are right, the motivatin of the politicians involved is pure politics. Just like the moronic mosque thing in NY.

      September 9, 2010 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
    • chris

      roger – an aqaintance and a stranger are two totally different things. whomever made that comment clearly is a high school student, and they are young and things like that hit home for them especially because it is someone of their age, of their area that was just taken from them. just because someone may not be close with another person does not mean they are total strangers. for you to make that accusation is plain old stupid. as you stated in other comments, you are a father so you of all people should understand the issues there are going on in high schools and how young people deal with tragedies differently. this may have very well been one of the first big tragedies any of them had experienced, close friends of not. to be a young person and have someone you see every day just suddenly gone..i couldn't imagine how that would be. i hope that nobody pestered you nearly as much about how you dealt with things in high school as you did this student.

      September 9, 2010 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
    • A.M.

      Roger, she was a fellow student of my school. Of course I wouldn't feel the same way about "that one person that passed away in Alaska," but Chelsea was part of our community and brought our community very close. No one felt like they weren't involved in this some way or another

      September 9, 2010 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Luis

    Every state in the USA should review this law.

    September 9, 2010 at 1:29 am | Report abuse |
  5. mike c

    props to mr.Schwarzenegger
    and to start this hole thing off i think he needs to yell
    GET TO THE CHOPPA!
    and then 12 police helicopters take off.

    September 9, 2010 at 1:34 am | Report abuse |
  6. Mick

    Execute him. Then he will never have another chance to kill another human, be it guard or inmate.

    His life is forfeit.

    September 9, 2010 at 1:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Carla

      Yeah!! Next? Let's pass legislation executing anyone with the screen name "Mick"!! Where do we draw the line?

      September 9, 2010 at 6:56 am | Report abuse |
    • scroo yoo

      Dont be an idiot carla

      rapists and pedophiles arent people,they are lower than dogs-and the last time I checked we put those down daily

      September 9, 2010 at 7:59 am | Report abuse |
    • mammajohanna

      I agree that there should be a death penalty for these types of crimes. Think of the people that go hungry, homeless, no medical care, and then think about this slimewad having a roof over his head, 3 meals a day, medical care FOR LIFE on the tax payers bill. Doesn't sound fair to me....not on my dime!

      September 9, 2010 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
    • yerlilangel

      While it is all a matter of belief, I personally think these perverted crazies should be executed. For someone to be so sick as to violate a young defenseless child they do not deserve the same rights as any one of us. However that being said...it should be looked at in a case by case basis. This man admitted his crimes. There is no mistaking he did this. No doubt that you are putting an innocent man to death. Fry him, and anyone else that admits to a crime like this.

      September 9, 2010 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  7. D.B.

    It's sad but these crimes can never be stopped. No matter how many laws and how much money we throw at it.

    September 9, 2010 at 1:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Jman

      Sadly D.B's comment is correct. You can make legislation to "try" to better control offenders who have already offended. But unfortunately. An offender has to become an offender at some point for the "first time." and they always say afterwards the people that knew the offender, they were shocked to find out about this person. They never thought them campable etc. You will never be able to stop a person who develops the idea to do this to someone for the first time. And in many cases you can't stop them from re-offending. Unless they're locked up inextricably from society. But you can only do this after the first offense sadly. Until Minority Report the movie becomes a reality... which probably won't be much longer with the way the world governments are beginning to try to control everyone...what's that?? Joe Blow had an outburst at work? Arrest him and charge him with potentially being able to kill people at his work in the future to ensure it never happens.

      September 9, 2010 at 3:40 am | Report abuse |
  8. Calvin Hobbes

    Prayers and thoughts go out the families of these girls. Ex-felons should never be allowed directly back into the community even after they have served their time. Just because they have served time incarcerated should not automatically bestow the trust of a community on them. We see ex-felons just become more adept at hiding their new crimes. Monitoring them does not work, re-educating them does not work, we've tried it for over forty years and it still does not work. We need a new vision by real leadership, not the mock slogans from fake politicians posing as leaders which all we have today.

    September 9, 2010 at 2:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Patrick

      There are more ex-felons living honest, good lives than you think These people are pastors, construction supervisors, managers, business owners, farmers, police officers (yes, many districts hire police officers with felony conviction), hospital workers, etc. Rick Hendrick is a convicted felon, he happens to own Hendrick Motorsports, the most successful operation in Nascar currently.

      There are lot of bad people who haven't been convicted of a felony. They are husbands who beat their wives, mothers who beat their kids, caregivers who abuse their patients, kids who abuse their parents, siblings who abuse each other, etc.

      September 9, 2010 at 2:21 am | Report abuse |
    • AntiAntiProgress

      There are a lot of ex-felons and Patrick is one of them. If you don't want to get locked up for good, then don't BECOME one.

      September 9, 2010 at 7:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Barbie Bilaba

      AntiAntiProgress: But people can also change, yes? Isn't it more constructive to reform people than to beat them down?

      September 9, 2010 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
  9. Patrick

    Why always a girl's name? Look people, these cases are tragic, but you are being used for your emotion. This is just another case of a politican using a child and the emotion surrounding it to get a law passed, with his name attached and thus gain politically. There are already laws that say if you do this you spend a ton of time, if not all, of your life in prison or get the death penalty. Increasing these penalties does not prevent or deter or bring the child back. Unfortunately it probably forces the sick people who do this to kill their victim.

    No one's gonna stand in the way of this law, because nobody wants to be seen as being against 'protecting' kids, even though these laws don't really do that, so this law went super fast through the system.

    Oh, by the way, I like how the bill allows the use of polygraph to determine if $ex offender is lying, but in all other cases (in adult murder too) polygraphs are inadmissable.

    Also, I see in this bill/law that the assessment tool is required, meaning whatever company gives this is gonna make a good fortune from this law being passed. Wonder who's involved with that company?

    September 9, 2010 at 2:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      Me thinks you doth protest too much.

      The killer of Chelsea wouldn't have been on the street if this law had been passed earlier.

      September 9, 2010 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  10. Sem

    Ze govanaator wuz heir.

    September 9, 2010 at 2:34 am | Report abuse |
  11. Jake

    i disagree with this law, it should read death penalty for any crime of this nature, first offense. Set the bar

    September 9, 2010 at 3:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Thaura

      I agree. Do it once, you will do it again.

      September 9, 2010 at 7:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Elsie

      I totally agree with Jake, I don't understand why a person who took other peoples lives should be given a plea bargain in order to avoid the death penalty! If I had the power I'd say an eye for an eye!

      September 9, 2010 at 8:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Argyle

      Jake, my daughter told me when she walked through your backyard coming home from school you touched her inappropriately. I'm calling the police to start an investigation.

      September 9, 2010 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Relax

      Unfortunately Argyle it's sad that, that's all it takes to ruin someone's life. When you can't afford a good lieyer what do you think happens to the person accused...they rot in prison...for nothing.

      September 9, 2010 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Argyle

      Rotting in prison is bad, but it's better then being murdered by a "civilized" society. Killing is wrong. Always and every time.
      http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2009/09/07/090907fa_fact_grann?currentPage=1
      A must read if you think otherwise.

      September 9, 2010 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  12. Evan Gerber

    Kudos to San Diego's own Nathan Fletcher for authoring, sponsoring and moving this bill through the State legislature in record time. Hope other elected leaders listen and follow suit! Well done Nathan!

    September 9, 2010 at 3:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Norbert

      Sup, Nathan.

      September 9, 2010 at 4:33 am | Report abuse |
  13. Robert

    The problem I see here is that this murdering pos, instead of being executed, was able to deal 3 life sentences. If one murders in cold blood, then that person forfeits their right to live. Kill him and move on to the next murderer.

    September 9, 2010 at 3:44 am | Report abuse |
  14. Sherilynne

    Honestly, I'd rather not have a cent of my taxes go towards the $40k it takes to support one of these filthy maggots in prison. Kill them all.

    September 9, 2010 at 3:46 am | Report abuse |
    • mike

      You may want to check your figures – executing prisoner costs us a LOT more than that.

      September 9, 2010 at 4:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Tim Hudak

      So...do you also support Sharia law then? Be careful what you wish for.

      September 9, 2010 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  15. starduste71

    Patrick,.....Rick Hendrick's felony was for bribery... not anything to do with this topic whatsoever. If you are going to do a comparison to make your point, compare something that has validity to the topic at hand.

    September 9, 2010 at 3:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Norbert

      He made a completely valid point, considering his reply was directed at someone speaking generally about all ex-felons and not about the original topic either. But since he didn't throw in a "kill em all" or a "lock em up and throw away the key" sort of viewpoint, it was devoid of the reactionary, emotional simplification that too many people rely on lately in lieu of common sense.

      September 9, 2010 at 4:43 am | Report abuse |
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