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On July 27, Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill into law that would add jail time for spouses and partners who strangle or chokes their significant others.

The bill was sponsored by State Senator Christine Kehoe. Kehoe drafted the bill shortly after the death of National City resident Diana Gonzalez in October of 2010. Gonzalez's death came more than a year after she obtained a restraining order against her husband for trying to suffocate her. The charges, however, were dropped.

“Almost half of domestic violence homicide victims experienced at least one episode of attempted strangulation before experiencing a lethal or near-lethal violent incident, and victims of attempted strangulation are seven times more likely to become homicide victims,” said Kehoe in a July 27 statement. “By providing a guide for judges and juries about addressing this violence in domestic violence cases, lives will be saved and surviving victims will enter a more informed and responsive criminal justice system.”

In addition to possibly adding more jail time, the bill aims to educate jurors on the dangers of strangulation.

“This measure will save lives in the years to come,” was the statement from Gael Strack, Chief Executive Officer of the Alliance and founder of the national Strangulation Training Institute. “This law will give police officers and prosecutors the tools they need to hold abusers accountable before they kill.”

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SurfPuppy619 July 28, 2011 @ 9:56 p.m.

“This measure will save lives in the years to come,” was the statement from Gael Strack, Chief Executive Officer of the Alliance and founder of the national Strangulation Training Institute.

No it won't, it won't do jackshit. Nothing but more feel good do nothing bullshit law.

/ “This law will give police officers and prosecutors the tools they need to hold abusers accountable before they kill. ========== It doesn't give cops jackshit- much less a "tool". Won't do anything,

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Visduh Aug. 1, 2011 @ 8:50 p.m.

If you're right, it will be as ineffective as many of the bills and proposals Kehoe has come up with. She's grandstanding all the time with "feelgood" proposals that make a few folks think they are safer or better off. What's her next elective office gonna be? And isn't she the one who, a few years back, while running for San Diego city council said that the city should pay for more teachers in the SD City Schools? (That was supposedly a serious proposal, even though the city has no responsibility for the schools, and the funding is completely separate. But, what do facts have to do with her politics? Ans: nothing at all.)

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