Brock Turner Appeals, Says He Only Wanted "Outercourse"

Court Today Hears Arguments for Brock Turner's Appeal of 2016 Sexual Assault Conviction

The lawyer for Brock Turner, the American ex-student convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman in 2015, has launched an appeal to overturn those charges on the premise that Turner did not intend to rape the woman and only commited so-called "outercourse." .

The appeals court has 90 days to issue a ruling, although the judges on Tuesday appeared to be skeptical of the defense's arguments, The Associated Press reported.

Though he was sentenced to six months in jail, he was released after three months in 2016, reigniting a conversation about lenient punishments for those found guilty of sexual assault.

An attorney for former Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner claimed his client practiced "sexual outercourse" during an appeal following Turner's conviction of attempted rape.

"I absolutely don't understand what you are talking about", Justice Franklin D. Elia said.

Coughlin also said that "outercourse", as Multhaup appeared to be defining it, would still be a criminal act, adding that it was an "ugly play on words" that "seems to be an effort to undercut the bad harm [Turner] caused to this woman".

Given the progress in recent years in society's understanding of sexual violence and support for survivors, Pham, said, it was especially challenging to see Turner's attorney use such damaging language.

Court Today Hears Arguments for Brock Turner's Appeal of 2016 Sexual Assault Conviction

He said the jury made "unreasonable inferences" that led to Turner's convictions.

After the victim's 7,200-word letter to Turner that she read in the courtroom during sentencing was published online, the case drew national outrage.

Multhaup also accused the jury of reaching their decision by "fill [ing] in the blanks", reports KNTV.

He added that the law requires "the jury verdict to be honoured", and that they, as justices were "not in a position" to tell the jury "You should have gone a different way".

Carlile, the prosecutor, also rebutted the defense's arguments regarding Emily Doe's condition, saying, "There was ample evidence that she [Emily Doe] was intoxicated to the point of being unconscious". According to public record, Turner is living outside of Dayton, Ohio, with his family and reportedly works for a landscaping company.

Turner was 19 years old at the time of the incident.

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