Remember Brock Turner? He's Trying To Get His Rape Conviction Overturned

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

Turner, who was aged 19 at the time of the crime in January 2015, served just three months in a county jail past year after being convicted of raping an unconscious woman - known to the court as Jane Doe - behind a dumpster on the Stanford campus in California after a frat house party.

The 22-year-old was convicted of assault with intent to commit rape of an intoxicated woman, sexually penetrating a woman with a foreign object, and sexually penetrating an unconscious woman with a foreign object, convictions that will mean he remains on the sex offender registry permanently.

Brock Turner completed only half of the six-month jail term he was handed in 2016 before being released on good behaviour. One part of their claim is that the victim in the case was not assaulted "behind a dumpster", and asserted in his first trial and by the media, and that characterizing the scene as such prejudiced the jury against Turner.

In a Friday filing obtained by the San Jose Mercury News, Turner's lawyers said his 2016 conviction is premised on "a detailed and lengthy set of lies", and asked for a new trial.

The motion also argued that the sexual assault did not occur behind a dumpster but in a "completely open setting". Lawyers say this inaccuracy amounted to prosecutorial misconduct.

A legal adviser for Turner, John Tompkins, doesn't deny the event happened, but insists it wasn't criminal. They further state that they do not believe what happened was a crime.

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Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen said Friday of Turner's appeal, "Turner received a fair trial and was justly convicted".

The lawyers argue the jury did not see sufficient evidence to represent Turner's character, and that the jury was not permitted to consider a lower-level offense.

Turner's trial was thrown into the national spotlight after the victim's wrenching impact statement went viral, then again when Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky gave Turner to a six-month jail sentence, prompting an outcry from critics who said the punishment was too lenient. "His conviction will be upheld".

"You don't know me, but you've been inside me, and that's why you're here today", her statement reads.

"Nothing can ever roll back (the victim's) legacy of raising the world's awareness about sexual assault".

If the Sixth District Court of Appeal grants Turner's request to reverse his convictions, the case would be retried in Santa Clara County and overseen by a judge other than Persky.

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