Brock Turner, the former Stanford University student and former star swimmer who assaulted an unconscious woman outside a fraternity party back in 2015 lost his appeal on Wednesday.
The sentence sparked national outrage, and critics argued that it was far too “soft” for the nature of Turner’s crimes. A recall campaign of the judge was also started.
Turner’s attorneys still appealed the conviction that required him to register as an s*x offender for life. According to them, there wasn’t enough evidence to convict him and claimed that he was only guilty of “s*xual outercourse” (apparently, his pants remained on during the assault).
The California Court of Appeals did not buy that story.
Their official opinion released on Wednesday reads:
“Defendant argues none of his convictions is supported by sufficient evidence. That argument lacks merit.”
The Court’s opinion recounted the evidence against Turner which includes the statements from two eyewitnesses. They saw Turner on top of the not-moving victim when they were heading to the party.
One of the graduate students yelled at him:
“What the f**k are you doing? She’s unconscious,”
Turner attempted to run away at that point, but one of the eyewitnesses tackled him down and held him until the campus police arrived.
Other evidence includes the statements from paramedics who found the victim unconscious, as well as those from hospital staff who reviewed abrasions on her body.
Turner claimed that the victim was able to consent, but he admitted that he had undressed her and penetrated her.
The appeals court ruled that the fact that Turner’s pants were on does not mean he wasn’t planning on [email protected] the victim.
The court said that even though it is true that the defendant did not expose himself, he was interrupted. If the graduate students had not stopped him, he would have exposed himself and [email protected] the unconscious victim.