Brock Turner's Lawyer Argues His Client Only Wanted "Outercourse"

Lawyer Eric S. Multhaup is attempting to overturn his client's rape conviction.

Brock Turner's lawyer is seeking to have his client's rape conviction overturned by arguing that he only wanted "outercourse".

Representing his client in California, lawyer Eric S. Multhaup argued  Turner had not intended to rape his victim, and that there wasn't sufficient evidence to find him guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Brock Turner's mug shot, taken after the then-19-year-old was arrested for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman. Photo: AP.

"I absolutely don't understand what you are talking about," said Justice Franklin D. Elia, one of three "poker-faced" justices at the hearing, reports the East Bay Times.

He added that the law requires "the jury verdict to be honoured", and that they, as justices were "not in a position" to tell the jury "You should have gone a different way".

Multhaup argued that the jury "filled in the blanks" as to Turner's intention, but none of the justices agreed.

Assistant Attorney General Alisha Carlile described the argument as a "far-fetched version of events", while Elia noted that "you can't surgically remove [pieces of evidence] and look at them separately."

The panel has 90 days to issue a ruling.

Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky, who was recalled after sentencing Turner to just six months. Photo: AP.

Turner was found guilty of two counts of digital penetration, and sentenced to six months jail -- a sentence widely considered to be too lenient.

The high profile case and outrage over the sentence led to the recall of Judge Aaron Persky, the first time a judge had been recalled in the state of California in 86 years.

Although Turner only served three months of his sentence, he was required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.