Former Stanford Swimmer Brock Turner Files Appeal in Sex Assault Case

Brock Turner appeals sexual assault conviction

Former Stanford swimmer files appeal in sex assault case

The former Stanford University student and swimmer made headlines in March, 2016 when he was given a six-month sentence after being convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman outside of a frat party on January 18, 2015.

The case reignited the debate around sexual assault on campus in the USA, especially as a number of Turner's family and friends came forward to defend him and were accused of victim-blaming in the process.

Turner was eventually convicted of three felony sexual assault charges, including assault with intent to commit rape of an intoxicated woman and sexually penetrating an unconscious person with a foreign object, and faced a maximum of 10 years behind bars.

Turner's request for a new trial, first reported in the San Jose Mercury, hangs on a statement that a prosecutor tainted the jury by repeatedly saying the assault occurred "behind the dumpster". The legal team is also disputing the location of the assault, saying that it didn't happen behind a dumpster at all, but in a "completely open setting".

The assault, Turner's lawyers argue, did not occur "behind the dumpster". Lawyers say this inaccuracy amounted to prosecutorial misconduct.

The brief also argues due process was deprived by the prosecution's "failure to present constitutionally sufficient evidence as to any of the three counts of conviction".

Turner's lawyer, Eric Multhaup, said he had nothing to add about "the unfairness of the conviction" beyond the court filing.

Former Stanford student Brock Turner, whose six month sentence for rape previous year outraged many around the world, has launched an appeal against his conviction.

If the Sixth District Court of Appeal grants Turner's request to reverse his convictions, the case would be retried in Santa Clara County and overseen by a judge other than Persky. They further state that they do not believe what happened was a crime. "His conviction will be upheld".

"You don't know me, but you've been inside me, and that's why we're here today", she began before detailing the affect the incident had had on her life.

"Nothing can ever roll back (the victim's) legacy of raising the world's awareness about sexual assault". She said it wasn't until she was asked to sign papers that said "Rape Victim" that she had any idea of what had happened, and later found out from a news article the state that she was found in - unconscious with her hair dishevelled, dress pulled over her shoulders and naked from the waist down with legs spread apart.

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