Former Stanford Swimmer Brock Turner Files to Appeal Sexual Assault Convictions

Greene County Sheriff's Office shows Brock Turner at the Greene County Sheriff's Office in Xenia Ohio where he officially registered as a sex offender

The former Stanford University swimmer who was convicted a year ago of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman - and spent only three months in jail - is appealing his convictions and requesting a new trial. It's a risky move for the former swimmer in that the new judge would be under enormous political pressure to sentence him to state prison if he is convicted a second time.

Turner was convicted of sexual assault of an unconscious person, sexual assault of an intoxicated person and sexual assault with intent to commit rape.

According to the New York Times, Turner's lawyer, Eric Multhaup, filed papers on Friday (local time) stating Turner did not get a fair trial, and the initial trial was "a detailed and lengthy set of lies".

Turner served his jail sentence over the summer of 2016.

Turner was arrested in January of 2015 as a freshman at Stanford.

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Turner's lawyers did not immediately respond to request for comment. Turner's attorneys also went after the judge in the original trial, Aaron Persky, claiming that he failed to tell jurors they could consider lesser charges and that he erroneously failed to allow testimony from character witnesses that would have allegedly exonerated their client. By saying it occurred "behind a dumpster", the brief argues, Kianerci "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".

Turner's lawyer, Eric Multhaup, said he had nothing to add about "the unfairness of the conviction" beyond the court filing.

John Tompkins, Turner's legal adviser, said they were appealing because they believe what happened at the campus was not a crime and that the facts do not reflect the verdict.

If successful, CBS News explains he would no longer be required to register as a sex offender. Many on social media expressed outrage over what they viewed as an overly-lenient prison sentence, while statements from the victim and Turner's father further stoked fires. As a result of the backlash, Persky - at his own request - no longer hears criminal cases.

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