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State's high court set to hear first of Owen Labrie's appeals


September 11. 2018 10:32PM
Former St. Paul's School student Owen Labrie in Merrimack County Superior Court in Concord in 2015. (FILE/AP)

CONCORD — The state’s highest court on Thursday will hear oral arguments in Owen Labrie’s first appeal of his sexual assault convictions.

A jury convicted Labrie in August 2015 of using the internet to seek sex from a 15-year-old freshman as part of a contest among male students at St. Paul’s School in Concord known as “senior salute.”

Along with that felony conviction, Labrie was convicted of four misdemeanors, three for statutory rape and the fourth for endangering a child. This appeal seeks to overturn those convictions.

Three of the five justices on the New Hampshire Supreme Court have disqualified themselves from hearing the appeal. They are Justices Gary Hicks, James Bassett and Patrick Donovan.

Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert Lynn will hear the case, along with Associate Justice Anna Barbara Hantz Marconi and Superior Court Judge Brian Tucker.

The arguments were originally set for last June, but rescheduled because Labrie’s appellate lawyer had a conflict with the date.

Attorney Jaye Rancourt for the defense and Assistant Attorney General Sean Locke for the state will each have 15 minutes to make their case before the judges.

Labrie has also filed a second appeal, which is not yet scheduled for oral arguments. In that appeal, Labrie maintains he received ineffective counsel at trial from famed Boston attorney J.W. Carney and he seeks a new trial.

The argument will be live streamed at www.courts.nh.gov/cstream/index.asp.


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