Crime & Justice

Convicted of sexual assault, Brock Turner files an appeal

Brock Turner received six months in jail and three years' probation for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman. State lawmakers have approved a proposal to mandate prison terms for such a crime.
Brock Turner received six months in jail and three years' probation for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman. State lawmakers have approved a proposal to mandate prison terms for such a crime.
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Brock Turner, the former Stanford swimmer convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman outside a campus fraternity party, is appealing.

Lawyers for Turner filed an appeal Friday. They argued the Ohio native's initial trial was "a detailed and lengthy set of lies."

The attorneys say they hope a new trial will help overturn Turner's mandatory lifetime requirement to register as a sex offender.

The case gained national attention when Judge Aaron Persky sentenced Turner to only six months in jail.

NBC Bay Area reported that John Tompkins, Turner's legal adviser, said what happened wasn't a crime. Tompkins says the facts don't reflect the verdict, and that's why they're appealing.

Turner was convicted of three felony counts of sexual assault. At the time of his case, he was a decorated swimmer at Stanford.