A California appeals court shot down an appeal Wednesday from former Stanford University freshman Brock Turner to reverse his sexual assault conviction.
Turner’s lawyer, Eric Multhaup, claimed Turner and his victim “Emily Doe” had participated in sexual “outercourse,” reported The Hill.
Multhaup argued that Turner did not sexually assault Doe in January 2015 and that the former student’s genitals were covered when two student witnesses saw him “aggressive[ly] thrusting” an unconscious and intoxicated Emily Doe, but the appeals court deemed there was “sufficient evidence” of sexual assault. (RELATED: UMich Won’t Give Accused Student His Degree Or A Hearing)
“In newspapers, my name was ‘unconscious intoxicated woman,’ ten syllables, and nothing more than that,” Doe said to Turner at his June 2, 2016 sentencing. “For a while, I believed that that was all I was. I had to force myself to relearn my real name, my identity. To relearn that this is not all that I am. That I am not just a drunk victim at a frat party found behind a dumpster, while you are the All American swimmer at a top university, innocent until proven guilty, with so much at stake. I am a human being who has been irreversibly hurt, my life was put on hold for over a year, waiting to figure out if I was worth something.”
The People of the State of California originally indicted Turner on two rape charges, two sexual assault charges, and one attempted rape charge. The plaintiff dropped the rape charges, but the Santa Clara County Superior Court convicted the former Stanford student of the remaining three charges. Turner received a sentence of six months in jail from Santa Clara Judge Aaron Persky, three years of probation, and had to permanently register as a sex offender. Turner was released after three months because of good behavior.
Persky, on the other hand, became the first California judge to be recalled in over three-quarters of a century.
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