The former Stanford University swimmer convicted last year of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman outside a campus fraternity party is appealing.
In the 172-page appeal filed Friday in Mill Valley, California, Brock Turner’s legal team said the initial trial was “a detailed and lengthy set of lies” and asked for a new trial. Turner’s team is also looking to overturn the convictions against him, which mandate he register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.
Turner was convicted in March 2016 of three felony counts of sexual assault. A Standford student testified that on the night of the attack in January 2015 he found Turner behind a dumpster lying on top of the partially clothed victim, who police later determined was unconscious.
Turner, who was a decorated swimmer at Stanford at the time, pleaded not
The case gained national attention when Judge Aaron Persky sentenced Turner to six months in jail after prosecutors recommended Turner receive a six-year sentence. Turner was released from county jail after serving three months.
“What we are saying that what happened is not a crime,” said John Tompkins, Turner’s legal adviser. “It happened, but it was not anywhere close to a crime.”
Tompkins said the facts of the case do not reflect the verdict, which is why they are appealing.