The name Brock Turner became synonymous with injustices against women when his crimes and sentencing became public.
In January of 2015 he was found raping an unconscious woman behind a dumpster. In February he pleaded not guilty to five felony charges. They included attempted rape, rape of an intoxicated person, rape of an unconscious person, sexual penetration of an intoxicated woman and sexual penetration of an unconscious woman. In March of 2016 he was found guilty of rape. In June he received his sentence. He faced a maximum of ten years, with prosecutors arguing for six. Turner only received a sixth month sentence with three years of probation. The charges also meant that Turner would be registered as a sex offender.
Judge Persky presided over the case and reportedly said that he felt a harsher sentence would have a severe impact on the Stanford student. Ultimately Turner only served three months in prison.
Now these charges are being appealed. Turner’s Lawyer, Eric Multhaup argued before a panel that his client should not have been convicted of rape, because he was fully clothed at the time of the incident. He claimed that Brock Turner was only seeking “outercourse” a term that was made up for his argument. The lawyer defined the term as sexual contact whilst remaining fully clothed. The panel of judges has ninety days to make a decision on the appeal.
As if it wasn’t enough that the victim in this case had to see her attacker get just sixth months after the intense turmoil he caused her, she now has to deal with this ridiculous appeal. Her impact sentence at the time of the sentencing was made public at the time and can be read here.