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Brock Turner, ex-Stanford swimmer convicted of sexual assault, wants case thrown out

SAN FRANCISCO -- A former Stanford swimmer convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman outside a campus fraternity party is appealing. 

Lawyers for Brock Turner filed an appeal Friday. They argued the Ohio native's initial trial was "a detailed and lengthy set of lies." 

The attorneys said they hope a new trial will help overturn Turner's mandatory lifetime requirement to register as a sex offender. 

The case gained national attention when Judge Aaron Persky sentenced Turner to six months in jail. 

NBC Bay Area reported that John Tompkins, Turner's legal adviser, said what happened wasn't a crime. Tompkins says the facts don't reflect the verdict, and that's why they're appealing. 

"It happened, but it was not anywhere close to a crime," Tompkins said. 

Turner was convicted of three felony counts of sexual assault. At the time of his case, he was a decorated swimmer at Stanford.

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