SAN JOSE, Calif. -- (KRON/AP) -- A lawyer for former Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner argued Tuesday that his client's attempted rape conviction should be overturned. Turner never intended to rape an unconscious woman, he said.
Eric Malthaup told a California appeals court in San Jose that Turner had his clothes on when he was discovered by two Swedish graduate students on top of a half-naked, intoxicated woman.
But the justices appeared skeptical of his argument. The panel has 90 days to issue a ruling.
"I absolutely don't understand what you are talking about," Justice Franklin D. Elia said, adding that the law "requires the jury verdict to be honored."
Assistant Attorney General Alisha Carlile argued that Multhaup had presented a "far-fetched version of events" that didn't support the facts of the case.
Turner was convicted of sexually assaulting an intoxicated woman outside an on-campus fraternity house in 2015. After a trial in June 2016, a jury convicted Turner of sexual assault, and Judge Aaron Persky sentenced him to six months in jail.
The sentence was widely criticized as too lenient.
Turner, 22, lives outside of Dayton, Ohio, with his parents. He is required to register as a sex offender for life.