A former Stanford swimmer whose light sentence for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman outside an on-campus fraternity party drew widespread contempt is appealing his conviction on grounds including prosecutorial misconduct.
But now, the registered sex offender wants his conviction overturned and is requesting a new trial, with his argument for appeal detailed in an extraordinary 172-page document that focuses largely on how drunk the victim was on the night of the attack.
The case garnered national attention, and sparked outrage, when Judge Aaron Persky sentenced the Turner to six months in county jail - after prosecutors asked for six years - holding that a lengthy sentence would have a "severe impact" on him.
Lawyers for Brock Turner filed an appeal in California, saying their client was denied due process during his 2016 trial and calling it "fundamentally unfair".
As previously reported, two graduate students witnessed Turner raping the unnamed woman - who was referred to as Emily Doe during the trial - in January 2015 and chased him before holding him down until police arrived.
Turner's request for a new trial hangs in part on a claim that Deputy District Attorney Alaleh Kianerci tainted the jury by incorrectly - and repeatedly - stating the sexual assault occurred behind a Dumpster.
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Turner's lawyers also told NBC News that they're not disputing what happened.
The defense instead argues that the sexual assault happened in a "completely open setting", CNN reports.
"It happened, but it was nowhere close to crime", he said.
Turner was released for good behavior after serving just half the sentence imposed.
The victim, who woke up at a hospital and learned the details of her assault from the press, wrote a moving letter that she read aloud to Turner in court during the trial.
The appeal said the use of the term dumpster "implied moral depravity, callousness and culpability on the appellant's part because of the inherent connotations of filth, garbage, detritus and criminal activity frequently generally associated with dumpsters". "Nothing can ever roll back (the victim's) legacy of raising the world's awareness about sexual assault".