Brock Turner has just appealed his attempted rape conviction, with his lawyer arguing that he merely wanted "outercourse" with the victim he sexually assaulted behind a dumpster at Stanford University in 2015.
[Turner was convicted by a jury in June 2016 of three counts of sexual assault: assault with intent to commit rape of an intoxicated woman, sexually penetrating a woman with a foreign object, and sexually penetrating an unconscious woman with a foreign object. He served three months in prison, and was required to register as a sex offender.]
Attorney Eric Multhaup told a California appeals court in San Jose that Turner never intended to rape the unconscious woman, arguing that he was fully dressed and engaged in "aggressive thrusting" as he lay on top of the intoxicated, partially undressed victim. Malthaup described outercourse as a "version of safe sex."
According to the LA Times, judges appeared skeptical of his argument.
“I absolutely don’t understand what you are talking about,” Justice Franklin D. Elia said, adding that the law “requires the jury verdict to be honored.” The panel has 90 days to issue a ruling.