Brock Turner May Be Heading Back to Court

Stanford swimmer is appealing his sex assault conviction
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 2, 2017 12:19 PM CST
Brock Turner leaves the Santa Clara County Main Jail last year in San Jose, Calif.   (Dan Honda/Bay Area News Group via AP, file)

(Newser) – A former Stanford swimmer convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman outside a campus fraternity party is appealing, the AP reports. In an appeal filed Friday, lawyers for Brock Turner said the initial trial was "a detailed and lengthy set of lies." They hope a new trial will also help overturn his mandatory lifetime requirement to register as a sex offender.

The case gained national attention when Judge Aaron Persky sentenced Turner to six months in jail. NBC Bay Area reported that John Tompkins, Turner's legal adviser, said what happened was not a crime. Tompkins said the facts do not reflect the verdict, which is why they are appealing. Turner was convicted of three felony counts of sexual assault. At the time of his case, he was a decorated swimmer at Stanford.

(Read more Brock Turner stories.)

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