SAN JOSE, California (WDTN) – A judge has denied Brock Turner’s appeal.
A lawyer for Turner tried to argue that none of his convictions were supported by sufficient evidence and that the sexual assault conviction should be overturned.
Court records say, “That argument lacks merit.”
Turner’s lawyer originally argued that Turner was engaged in “sexual outercourse” and did not demonstrate that he intended to rape the victim.
“We are not persuaded,” court documents stated. “While it is true that defendant did not expose himself, he was interrupted,” going on to say that it was reasonable for the jury to infer that Turner would have raped the victim if the graduate students had not found him first.
The Brock Turner sexual assault case took center stage in California Tuesday.
The former Oakwood and Stanford swimmer received a six-month sentence, with three months in jail, for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman.
The sentence sparked national outrage and led to the recall of judge Aaron Persky, who presided over the case.