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22-Year-Old Sex Offender Brock Turner Seeks To Overturn His Rape Conviction

The legal team for Brock Turner, a former Stanford student and registered sex offender, are attempting to overturn his 2016 rape conviction.
A California appeals court heard attorney Eric Malthaup defend his client Tuesday, claiming he never intended to rape his unconscious victim.
Three judges listened as the 22-year-old’s lawyer explained Turner wanted to have “outercourse” — a fully-clothed sexual interaction — instead of intercourse.
FILE – This Sept. 6, 2016 file photo released by the 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. (Greene County Sheriff’s Office via AP, File)
This follows his 2015 arrest when two Swedish students found him on top of and “aggressively thrusting” against a heavily intoxicated female student.
A jury found him guilty of sexual assault and intent to commit rape, which Malthaup now says was the result of an unfair trial.
He believes the jury’s verdict came after “unreasonable” assumptions forced speculation about whether or not the victim was incapacitated.
Professor Hadar Aviram– a law professor at the University of California at Hastings — said questioning their decision undermines the legal system.
“We have a jury system, and the jury will seldom give reasons for why they decide to convict or acquit,” stated Aviram. “Because of the very high burden of proof on appeal — because the person is no longer presumed innocent, they’re presumed guilty, and have already been found guilty — it’s very hard to convince a court of appeals that a jury’s decision was unreasonable.”
Justice Franklin Delia told the former athlete’s lawyer he “absolutely doesn’t understand” what they’re talking about and defended the verdict.
Turner made headlines after being handed a controversial six-month jail sentence and ultimately serving just three-months before walking free.
The judge presiding over the trial — Aaron Persky — was recalled from the bench after public scrutiny for being too lenient.
Although Turner faced 14-years behind bars, he was instead ordered to a mandatory life sentence as a registered sex offender.
The court has 90-days to decide if Turner’s’ legal team has a case, which the state attorney general has since referred to as “far-fetched.”

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