Convicted child molester MacRae wants a new trial
Writing in support of their motion for a new trial for Gordon MacRae, attorney Robert Rosenthal of New York City and Manchester lawyer Cathy J. Green say new evidence reveals the accuser admitted to friends and family ';his accusations were lies manufactured for diocese cash.';
MacRae was convicted at trial of sexually assaulting the teenager, then pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting three other boys. He is serving a 33 1/2 to 67 years prison sentence. He maintains his innocence.
MacRae's attorneys also claim his trial was tainted by ineffective assistance of counsel and infected by a ';moral panic'; that swept up the nation in the late 1980s and early 1990s by a series of other ';equally outlandish'; prosecutions of child sexual abuse cases. The case ';is an example of a justice system blinded by passion,'; they wrote in their brief filed with Cheshire County Superior Court.