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. nick m

    Kill all felons.A bullet cost less than a meal.spent the tax money on important stuff education

    September 9, 2010 at 4:01 am | Report abuse |
  2. What in the world

    Has anyone read the comment from the classmate? We blah blah about Arnold, about religion and politics meanwhile our children are not heard. I was and still am horrified to what happen to our children daily. This isnt about who was voted for and how totally petty. This is about loss of someones child. I would spend every cent I had to keep a violent offender off the streets especially if it could save lives. My prayers to the community

    September 9, 2010 at 4:12 am | Report abuse |
    • roger

      why does a child's life have more value? And yes, I am a father. I am not saying I dont think MY child has more value, but I recognize my own bias. Children have no more value in this life than adults. Just as women dont have more value than men.

      The whole prehistoric women & children first mentality people still cling to has no basis in logic. It is simply our instinct to preserve our own genes. The problem is people extend it beyond their immediate family aqnd we end up with all of this 'think of the children' bull.

      September 9, 2010 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  3. Nancy

    the world is changing and not for the better. we need to put god back in our lives! god bless that family! laws should already be in place for these monsters without having to sign bills.

    September 9, 2010 at 4:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Norbert

      I just looked it up, and I can officially report to you that there are already laws in place saying murder is illegal. Thank god.

      September 9, 2010 at 5:25 am | Report abuse |
  4. John

    Patrick is right to extent. Any lawmaker that has their name attached to this, Megan's Law, Jessica's Law, etc. are gonna be seen in the public eye as a "protector of America's youth". But these laws have made differences in America, no matter how miniscule. Do we remember who signed these laws now? No. The betterment of society far out weighs any political gain these lawmaker may get.
    I think the next step is to enforce a death penatly in murder cases. Why are we wasting our tax dollars on individuals who knowingly and willingly took someone's life. Society today, in my opinion, has gotten too soft. I'm tired of paying for TVs, gym equipment, their education, and food for these people. If you are convicted of murder you should have 2 months to prove your innocents. If you fail to in that time, you should be put to death.
    I know people are going to blast me for this post. But why should we have to support someone who has taken the life of another in cold blood?

    September 9, 2010 at 5:07 am | Report abuse |
  5. Rachel

    My 4 year old daughter was molested by her own father he got only 6 years which isn't fair bacause my child has to live with it for the rest of her life she is 8 now and she is not the same little girl he had money that bought him less time which is not fair. So MAYBE now it is a law things might change but then there are these good ol attorneys that get criminals less time or no time all to put money in there pockets and the justice systems pockets.

    September 9, 2010 at 5:25 am | Report abuse |
    • george

      rachel, the father is a beast. expose him at every junction in his life until he hangs his head in shame, and then hangs himself.ps forgive me for calling him a father. he is merely an animal.

      September 9, 2010 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  6. Melissa

    I think there needs to be more thought out plans for the monsters these people are even when a juvinile is the monster. And not all felonys are punishable by death

    September 9, 2010 at 5:26 am | Report abuse |
  7. Jennifer

    RIP dear Chelsea

    September 9, 2010 at 5:51 am | Report abuse |
  8. Lawrence

    Patrick is right. Such "stone 'em" laws will only make more dead victims.

    September 9, 2010 at 5:56 am | Report abuse |
  9. Spelling Fail

    Eye kant spel or reed, butt eye koment al teh tyme on thiss masssage bored.

    Seriously, we live in a nation of illiterates. Many of the commments above prove that.

    September 9, 2010 at 5:58 am | Report abuse |
    • starduste71

      TOO FUNNY!!!

      September 9, 2010 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
    • george

      and u obvioasly suffer from add, yes attention deficiet disorder. this is about the atrocities suffered by children.just shut up. professor grammar.

      September 9, 2010 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  10. slym

    we talk about justice and harsher penalties for all criminals, but sadly the point was made earlier that this is just more likely to result in dead victims than live ones. A saying my grandfather taught me "The trapped fox will chew through his own leg to escape the hunters trap." Criminals -deaperate to stay out of jail after their crime- are just going to kill their victims to keep them from talking.

    September 9, 2010 at 6:32 am | Report abuse |
  11. chuck

    @Patrick, you have it RIGHT ! These laws dont deter future crimes,,, if they did,,, we would on not needed any laws afer Megans Law... what the media doesnt print, is that 90% of all child molestation is done by parents, relatives or someone who knows the child, Not strangers.

    While I wholly agree with prosecution of persons who hurt children,,, there is a big difference between prosecution and PERSECUTION !

    September 9, 2010 at 7:12 am | Report abuse |
  12. Roger

    What we need to do is test the $exual arousal of any male (since they're responsible for 97% of all molestations) working with or near children to see if they're $exually attracted to children. We've had the technology to do this for years and just don't. We test for drugs, isn't this 1000 times more important???

    September 9, 2010 at 7:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Andre L.

      This idea is utterly totalitarian.

      September 9, 2010 at 7:25 am | Report abuse |
  13. BillShut

    Here's a better idea. Once they're convicted, take them out behind the courthouse, with their hands cuffed behind their backs, put them down on their knees, and hand a baseball bat to the parents/family of the victim. Make certain to film it, and put it on TV, prime time, with appropriate warnings for the wussies out there. Do this a half dozen times, and you'll see the numbers drop, once these freaks & pedophiles realize they're not going to get away with a (relatively) short prison term, followed by ineffective parole.

    September 9, 2010 at 7:15 am | Report abuse |
  14. stacy

    We as a society think that prison will solve this & it won't. what we need 2 do is start taking better care of our own children so that they don't grow up 2 be these monsters. stop relying on politicians 2 take care of the problems we have created. children are products of they're environment. child abuse runs rampant in this world but we still look the other way yet wonder where all these crazed people come from. they come from us!!

    September 9, 2010 at 7:15 am | Report abuse |
  15. Salvador

    What a surprise, not even a single intelligent post.

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