Stanford sex offender Brock Turner asks for new trial

Aaron Brown
December 4, 2017

Turner, who was aged 19 at the time of the crime in January 2015, served just three months in a county jail a year ago after being convicted of raping an unconscious woman - known to the court as Jane Doe - behind a dumpster on the Stanford campus in California after a frat house party.

"The problem with this case wasn't that Judge Persky was unfair to Brock Turner, it was that he was unfair to the victim when he sentenced Turner to only a few months in county jail", she said.

Turner was found guilty in March 2016 of assault with intent to commit rape of an intoxicated woman, sexually penetrating an intoxicated person with a foreign object, and sexually penetrating an unconscious person with a foreign object.

He was originally given six months jail time but only served three months due to good behaviour.

Key to Turner's request for a new trial is a statement the prosecutor repeatedly made during trial, saying the assault occurred "behind the dumpster".

Just yesterday, Turner's lawyers filed a 172-page brief which described his initial trial as a "detailed and lengthy set of lies," while requesting a new trial on the sexual assault charges. 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".

As Rolling Stone details, the element of the appeal centering on the assault taking place behind a dumpster argues that the description suggests Turner was trying to hide his activities.

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"It happened, but it was nowhere close to crime", he said.

"Brock Turner received a fair trial and was justly convicted", Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen said late Friday.

Turner's six-month sentence had initially prompted worldwide outcry for being too lenient after the trial made news around the world after the victim's excruciating impact statement was made public.

"His conviction will be upheld", he added.

Buzzfeed has obtained a copy of the motion, and say that Turner's lawyers are arguing that the jury was not supplied sufficient evidence of Turner's character.

"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 Emily Doe's legacy of raising the world's awareness about sexual assault".

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