Attorneys for Brock Turner, the former Stanford University swimmer found guilty last year of raping an unconscious woman outside of a fraternity party, are asking that the court overturn his convictions.
In a 172-page appeal filed Friday with California’s Sixth District of Appeals, Turner’s legal team argued that the trial was “fundamentally unfair” and that excessive media attention, among other factors, deprived their client of due process and his right to a fair trial.
“The petitioner respectfully requests that this Court reverse his convictions,” his lawyers wrote.
In March 2016, Turner was convicted on three felony counts of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman outside a house party at Stanford. The case received national attention and reignited conversations about sexual assault on college campuses.
Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen said Friday that he’s confident that Turner’s conviction will be upheld.
“Turner received a fair trial and was justly convicted,” Rosen said. “Nothing can ever roll back (the victim’s) legacy of raising the world’s awareness about sexual assault.”
Turner faced a maximum of 14 years in prison for the rape-related charges, but Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky sentenced the former student-athlete to only only six months in jail.
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SOURCE: NBC News, Chelsea Bailey, Erik Ortiz and Corky Siemaszko