Brock Turner loses appeal to overturn sexual assault conviction
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A California appeals court on Wednesday denied Brock Turner's appeal to overturn his sexual assault conviction.

The Los Angeles Times reported that a three-judge panel ruled unanimously that Turner, who was convicted of rape in 2016 by a San Jose jury, had received a fair trial. 


In March 2016, Turner was convicted of assault with intent to commit rape, sexual penetration of an intoxicated person with a foreign object and sexual penetration of an unconscious person with a foreign object. 

The case first came into the national spotlight with the public testimony of his victim, Jane Doe. 

In court, Doe recounted in graphic detail Turner raping her behind a dumpster on Stanford's campus.

"My independence, natural joy, gentleness, and steady lifestyle I had been enjoying became distorted beyond recognition," she said, according to a transcript first published by BuzzFeed. "I became closed off, angry, self deprecating, tired, irritable, empty. The isolation at times was unbearable. You cannot give me back the life I had before that night either." 

Turner's attorney, Attorney Eric Multhaup, argued last month that his client did not intend to rape his victim because they were engaged in sexual "outercourse.”

Multhaup argued that Turner was not naked and his genitals were concealed when student witnesses said they saw "aggressive thrusting" at a fraternity party near Stanford in January 2015. The lawyer then argued that there was not enough evidence to support Turner’s sexual assault conviction.

However, the Appeals Court found there to be "substantial evidence" that Turner was aware his victim was unconscious when he sexually assaulted her and pointed out that Turner fled the scene the same night and lied during subsequent police questioning, according to the local NBC affiliate.

Though Turner was initially sentenced to six months in jail for sexually assaulting the female student, he was released on good behavior after serving only three months in 2016. Turner was ordered to register as a sex offender for life.

Months after Turner's release, the California judge who initially sentenced Turner to six months in jail was recalled in June. He was the first California judge to be recalled in more than 85 years.