Brock Turner had been sentenced to six months in prison, and there had been three, yet, to his lawyers, that sentence was still too heavy. Arguing that their client, the so-called “rapist of Stanford”, had nothing to his reproach, they wanted a new trial in order to wash her honor. On Wednesday, the justice department refused their application to appeal, says CNN. “The defense asserts that there has not been enough evidence to convict him. This argument is not based”, indicated by the three judges in charge of this file. “We are not convinced,” they continued, recalling once again that the young man had had a fair trial.
In 2016, Brock Turner, a student popular and star of swimming to its varsity team, was sentenced to only six months in prison for the sexual assault of a student alcoholic. He was released for good behavior after only three months of incarceration, leading to a wave of international indignation. The events took place in January 2015. One evening, two Swedish students who were passing on the campus by bike were witnesses to the sexual assault committed on the girl unconscious. Brock Turner was then 19 years old. The jurors of the court of Santa Clara, California, decided a year later that the young man was guilty of assault with intent to commit a rape on a person who is intoxicated or unconscious, penetration of an intoxicated person and penetration of an unconscious person.
Protected thanks to its status as a student popular?
In the call request, one of the lawyers of Brock Turner explained that his client was merely engaged at this time in “foreplay sex” with the victim and that he had never had the intention of raping her. To define the term “initial encounters”, it has indicated that it is “a version of conservative sex” that does not involve vaginal penetration. He then stated that at the time the two students have discovered the victim, Brock Turner was not naked and that his genitals were not exposed, thus proving that it didn’t go further. It has also questioned the decision of the jurors at the time, believing that they had made their decision based on their “imagination” and “speculation”. And once again, he accused the victim and his level of blood alcohol concentration at the time of the assault, indicated that the NBC at the end of July. But the prosecutor responded to these arguments by recalling that multiple elements showed that Brock Turner had been the intention to violate the young woman. It has indeed taken her to a secluded area to enter first with his fingers. It was also pointed out that at the time, he had not denied the fact of having wanted to rape her before being interrupted.
Many believed that Brock Turner had received a low sentence due to his status as a star of the swimming team from Stanford university and his image of the model pupil. It was in effect up to 14 years in prison. At his trial, the 20 year old student has shown that little consideration against his victim, 23-year-old, lamenting that he lost his reputation, his place in the swimming team and its chances to be a graduate. According to him, his crime was the result of a too much consumption of alcohol and “promiscuity” in the u.s. universities. “I want to make clear, now, that drinking and partying is not what controls your life as a student. I made a mistake, I drank too much, and my decisions have done wrong to a person. But this was not my intention”, he said at the time, quoted by “USA Today“.
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