After Brock Turner was found guilty of sexual assaulting an unconscious woman in 2015, he only served three months jail time. While the incredibly lenient sentence was widely deemed ridiculous — so much so, the sentencing judge was subsequently removed from office — Turner's legal team still want the guilty verdict overturned.
In December, they started the appeal process, arguing the trial included "a detailed and lengthy set of lies". Since then, their reasoning has become more…creative, should we say.
Turner's lawyer, Eric Multhaup, stood before a panel of justices and argued Turner wanted "outercourse" with the unconscious woman he sexually assaulted, not intercourse, according to the Mercury News.
Of course, outercourse isn't a word, so Multhaup was forced to explain that he meant sexual contact while fully clothed. He supported this claim by noting Turner had his clothes on when he was interrupted sexually assaulting the woman behind a dumpster by two Swedish graduate students.
The three justices were reportedly "poker-faced" while listening to Multhaup's vocabulary lesson and "appeared skeptical of his argument." One justice, Franklin D. Elia, looked to Multhaup and said, "I absolutely don't understand what you are talking about."
The justices have 90 days — the same amount of time Turner served of his possible 14 years jail time — to issue a ruling, but they'll be undoubtedly moved by his anonymous victim's powerful statement.
At the time of his sentencing, the woman he attacked told the court she can't sleep alone at night without a light on because she has nightmares of being touched that she can't wake up from.
Turner moved back to Ohio with his parents and was forced to register as a sex offender.
"He is a lifetime sex registrant. That doesn't expire. Just like what he did to me doesn't expire, doesn't just go away after a set number of years," his victim said to court.
"It stays with me; it's part of my identity, it has forever changed the way I carry myself, the way I live the rest of my life."