Stanford Rapist Brock Turner Files for Appeal
Brock Turner, the former Stanford University student is appealing to reduce his obligation to register as a sex offender for life. He sparked outrage in America and in the world when he received a sentence of just six months after he was convicted of raping an unconscious and intoxicated woman beside a dumpster.
He was released after only three months. He must register as a sex offender every 90 days for the rest of his life.
He is now appealing, and his lawyers are saying that the trial was a detailed and lengthy set of lies. He is seeking to appeal the verdict and is asking for a new trial. The lawyers are also criticising Judge Aaron Persky for not instructing jurors to consider lesser charges and excluding favourable character witness testimonies from the trial.
The lawyers also said that the deputy district attorney Alaleh Kianerci referred to the incident in a way that it ‘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.”
What we are saying that what happened is not a crime,” Turner’s legal adviser John Tompkins told KNTV. “It happened, but it was not anywhere close to a crime.”
He was caught by two graduate students who had been riding their bikes past the scene. He was a swimmer who had hoped to compete in the Olympics. Emily Doe was found partially clothed and her blood alcohol level was three times the legal level. She had been unconscious for over three years.
The letter she wrote to him was read along in court and highlighted the epidemic of campus sexual assault.
Of course social media is outraged that he is appealing even after serving only three months for such a serious crime.
Brock Turner has filed to appeal his sexual assault conviction. You were caught red-handed, Brock! You are a rapist & you already got a measly sentence. Accept what you did & work to never, ever do it again #BrockTurner
— Laura (@MizRouge) December 2, 2017
How about convicted rapist Brock Turner appealing his conviction? What did he serve-like 3 months? Bizarre-but if I understand correctly he also risks having his original sentence tossed and serving more time. One can hope.
— Mary Brown (@marybrownatl1) December 2, 2017