Warning: This article discusses rape and sexual assault and may be triggering for some
Former Stanford swimmer Brock Turner, who was convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman on campus and whose case sparked outrage across the world due to the judge’s lenient sentencing, is now appealing his conviction.
The now 22-year-old was charged after two students at Stanford witnessed him on top of a half-naked woman outside a fraternity party in January 2015.
Turner was convicted of three felonies, including assault with intent to rape an intoxicated woman and sexually penetrating an unconscious person with a foreign object, The Sydney Morning Herald reports. Though he was given a six-month sentence, he was released for good behaviour after serving three months.
Now Turner’s lawyer is arguing that his client’s conviction should be overturned because he only wanted “outercourse” with the victim, News.com.au reports.
Lawyer Eric Multhaup told the three-judge panel that “outercourse” is sexual contact while fully clothed, the Mercury News reports.
In response to his argument, Justice Franklin Elia said: “I absolutely don’t understand what you are talking about,” as he noted that the law “requires the jury verdict to be honoured”.
The appeals court justices are expected to deliver their decision on the case within 90 days.
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