Brock Turner sought 'outercourse' with victim, says lawyer for ex-Stanford student

Brock Turner sought 'outercourse' with victim, says lawyer for ex-Stanford student

Brock Turner sought 'outercourse' with victim, says lawyer for ex-Stanford student

An attorney for Brock Turner, the former Stanford student who was convicted of sexual assault in 2015 for attempting to rape an unconscious woman, baffled an appeals court judge this week with an argument for why Turner's conviction ought to be overturned. Turner's lawyer, Eric Multhaup, was given 15 minutes to argue why the conviction should be overturned before a panel of three state appellate judges, composed of two women and one man. Multhaup argued that evidence against Turner was largely circumstantial.

Turner, who returned to his hometown in OH, did not attend the court hearing.

This follows his 2015 arrest when two Swedish students found him on top of and "aggressively thrusting" against a heavily intoxicated female student. He also argued that the prosecution didn't have sufficient evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that he knew Ms. Doe had passed the point of general intoxication at the time the sexual activity occurred.

Speaking in court, she graphically recounted Turner raping her behind a dumpster on Stanford's campus.

Multhaup said Turner was engaging in what he called "sexual outercourse", calling it was a version of "safe sex".

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

A court ultimately convicted Turner of assault with intent to commit rape, sexual penetration of an intoxicated person with a foreign object and sexual penetration of an unconscious person with a foreign object.

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But the poker-faced justices appeared sceptical of his argument.

UC Hastings law professor Hadar Aviram told CBS San Francisco that questioning the jury's actions is a risky tactic.

"I absolutely don't understand what you are talking about", said Franklin Elia said, according to the Mercury News, adding that the law "requires the jury verdict to be honored".

The appeals court has 90 days to issue a ruling. He has been living with his family in Dayton, Ohio, since he was released.

As it stands, the 22-year-old is serving three years of probation, and will be registered as a sex offender for life.

The attorney's appeal of the high-profile case, which led to worldwide outrage after Turner received a lenient sentence in 2016, advanced in a California court this week, with an unusual legal claim that experts said was shocking and hurtful to survivors of sexual violence.

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.

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