Court rejects new trial for Stanford swimmer convicted of rape

SAN FRANCISCO — An appeals court has rejected a former Stanford University swimmer’s bid for a new trial and upheld his sexual assault conviction.

The three-judge panel of the 6th District Court of Appeal ruled unanimously Wednesday that Brock Turner received a fair trial.

A San Jose jury in 2016 convicted Turner of sexually assaulting a young, intoxicated woman outside an on-campus fraternity party.

Judge Aaron Persky rejected a prosecutor’s demand for a lengthy prison term and instead sentenced him to six months in jail. Turner appealed the conviction, arguing he didn’t receive a fair trial.

Persky’s sentence sparked nationwide outrage by those who felt it too lenient. It also led to debate over the criminal justice system’s handling of sexual assault victims.

Voters recalled Persky in June.

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