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A California Appellate Court on Wednesday rejected an appeal sought by former Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner, who wanted a new trial after being convicted of sexual assault and attempted rape of an unconscious woman after a fraternity party.

Why it matters: The three-judge panel ruled there's "substantial evidence" that Turner received a fair trial. Turner's six month sentence in 2016 had sparked widespread outrage with many arguing it was too lenient for the nature of the crimes. He was eligible for up to 14 years in prison, but served three months of his sentence. California voters in June voted to recall Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky, who issued Turner's sentence.

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President Biden on Wednesday nominated a former postal union lawyer, a vote-by-mail advocate, and a former deputy postmaster general to sit on the Postal Services' Board of Governors.

Why it matters: The nominations, which require Senate confirmation, come as some Democrats call for Postmaster General Louis DeJoy's ouster and others push for Biden to nominate board members to name a new postmaster general.

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