A California appeals court has ruled in the case of Brock Turner sooner than expected, upholding the former Stanford University swimmer's 2016 sexual assault and attempted rape convictions. Turner, who served three months of a six-month sentence, had been seeking a new trial in an effort to avoid registering as a sex offender for life. A three-judge panel on Wednesday unanimously rejected the request, arguing there was "substantial evidence" to convict, reports the AP.
Lawyer Eric Multhaup previously said there was "a lack of sufficient evidence" to support the convictions of assault with intent to rape, sexual penetration of an intoxicated person, and sexual penetration of an unconscious person, per CNN. Multhaup specifically argued there was no intent to rape since Turner was fully clothed when he was found thrusting on a half-naked, unconscious woman outside of a 2015 campus party, saying Turner wasn't interested in intercourse but rather "outercourse." The judges' reply: "We are not persuaded." (Read more Brock Turner stories.)