Brock Turner, the former Stanford University swimmer who was found guilty of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman, has moved to appeal his conviction.
As The Independent reports, Turner’s lawyers have filed an appeal, in which they argue that the conviction was based on a “detailed and lengthy set of lies.” More specifically, the brief maintains that the deputy district attorney tainted the jury because he said that Turner assaulted the woman behind a dumpster, when she was in fact found in a space behind a trash enclosure and a basketball court.
“The prejudicial aspects of this ‘behind-the-dumpster’ characterization were twofold: (1) it implied an intent on the appellant’s part to shield and sequester his activities with Ms. Doe from the view of others; and (2) it implied moral depravity, callousness, and culpability on the appellant’s part because of the inherent connotations of filth, garbage, detritus and criminal activity frequently generally associated with dumpsters,” the brief states, according to the Mercury News. “The cumulative effect of this misleading course of conduct deprived appellant of a fair trial.”
Turner is no longer in prison — he only served three months out of his six-month sentence — but his lawyers hope to fight the requirement that has indefinitely placed him on the register for sex offenders.
Turner’s case made international headlines after two graduate students caught him assaulting a woman outside, near a campus fraternity party. Both Turner and the woman drank heavily at the party and the woman was unconscious. In a statement made to the judge, Turner said that “drinking” and “party culture” fueled his actions. He also maintained that his victim had consented to their sexual encounter.
The woman, known only as “Emily Doe,” vociferously refuted his claims in a powerful letter.
“Future reference, if you are confused about whether a girl can consent, see if she can speak an entire sentence,” she said. “Alcohol is not an excuse. Is it a factor? Yes. But alcohol was not the one who stripped me, fingered me, had my head dragging against the ground, with me almost fully naked … We were both drunk, the difference is I did not take off your pants and underwear, touch you inappropriately, and run away. That’s the difference.”