September 9th, 2010
01:58 PM ET

Schwarzenegger signs California's 'Chelsea's Law'

Anyone convicted of a violent sex offense against a child in California will get life in prison without parole starting Thursday, after Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed "Chelsea's Law."

The law was named for 17-year-old Chelsea King, who was murdered earlier this year by a registered sex offender who also admitted killing 14-year-old Amber Dubois.

"Because of Chelsea, California children will be safer," Schwarzenegger said. "Because of Chelsea, this never has to happen again."

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  1. april streeter

    Is there any way we can get this law nation wide? The fact is crimes against children has become overwhelming to the point we can't even let our children play in our own front yards, and there is no guarantee that we will find our children safe in bed in the morning. We need this law to reach beyond the state of California.

    September 9, 2010 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Pat

    Automatic death penalty

    September 9, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  3. bethann

    I believe that anyone who hurts any child should go straight from prosecution to electrocution.

    September 9, 2010 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |