Brock Turner, the Stanford University student who sexually assaulted a drunk woman behind a dumpster in January 2015 and was sent to prison for the laughable sentence of six months, is back in court - this time, attempting to have his sexual assault convictions overturned.
The New York Daily News reported on Saturday, December 2, that lawyers for the former Stanford University swimmer described his first trial as a "detailed and lengthy set of lies" and also claimed that Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky "neglected to tell jurors to consider lesser criminal charges".
They hope a new trial will also help overturn his mandatory lifetime requirement to register as a sex offender. That document apparently failed to move Persky, however, and the judge handed down the controversially short six-month sentence, citing the "severe impact" imprisonment might have on Turner's life.
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.
Lawyers for Brock Turner filed an appeal Friday.
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Turner's lawyers did not immediately respond to request for comment.
"Brock Turner received a fair trial and was justly convicted", Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen said late Friday.
The appeal said the use of the term dumpster "implied moral depravity, callousness and culpability on the appellant's part because of the inherent connotations of filth, garbage, detritus and criminal activity frequently generally associated with dumpsters". Jerry Brown past year that added mandatory-minimum prison sentences for sexual assaults and expanded the definition of rape to include digital penetration would not apply because they were not in effect when the crime occurred.
Turner, who was a decorated swimmer at Stanford at the time, pleaded not guilty. Turner was released from prison in September 2016, and has been free ever since. They further state that they do not believe what happened was a crime.
But in Turner's case, she thinks this is just a wasted attempt to retry the evidence. "It's not appropriate for the court of appeals to step in and retry those facts".