Brock Turner, Convicted of Sexually Assaulting Unconscious Woman, Asks for New Trial
He only served three months of a six-month jail sentence.
Brock Turner, the former Stanford University swimmer convicted of sexual assault, is now appealing his conviction.
Turner, who was found guilty of sexual assaulting an unconscious woman on campus, spent only three months in jail after being sentenced to six. He was released for good behavior.
He is now hoping for a new trial.
Attorneys for Turner filed a 172-page appeal Friday with California's 6th District Court of Appeal, claiming Turner was denied due process during his 2016 trial. They said Turner’s initial trial was “a detailed and lengthy set of lies.”
The appeal alleged that the prosecutor on the case incorrectly told jurors during the trial that the sexual assault happened behind a dumpster, and that doing so amounted to prosecutorial misconduct, reports said.
They added that media scrutiny impacted Turner’s due process.
Turner was accused of assaulting the victim, who had passed out near a garbage bin after a night of heavy drinking. Two graduate students riding by on bikes spotted the attack and chased Turner when he tried to run away. They tackled him and held him until police arrived.
Turner was found guilty of assault with the intent to commit rape of an intoxicated or unconscious person, sexual penetration of an intoxicated person and sexual penetration of an unconscious person.
Prosecutors asked for a six-year sentence, but Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky drew criticism when he sentenced Turner to only six months in jail.
The punishment created a backlash on social media and fueled campus protests, especially after the victim read aloud a 1,700-word letter in court to her attacker.
"You don’t know me, but you’ve been inside me, and that’s why we’re here today,” her statement began.
“You have dragged me through this hell with you, dipped me back into that night again and again. You knocked down both our towers, I collapsed at the same time you did,” she wrote. “If you think I was spared, came out unscathed, that today I ride off into sunset, while you suffer the greatest blow, you are mistaken.”
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