Nov 14, 2013
Nov 6, 2013
Oct 30, 2013
Oct 23, 2013
Supreme Court hears Addison execution appeal
CONCORD -- Family members of both slain Manchester Police Officer Michael Briggs and his convicted killer, Michael Addison, attended oral arguments today at the New Hampshire Supreme Court on the appeal of Addison's conviction and death sentence.
The all-day hearing includes 22 issues ranging from the trial venue to the wording of the instructions given to the jury that first convicted Addison of the October 2006 killing and then sentenced him to death rather than life in prison without the possibility of parole.
The justices are dividing the hearing into segments, with issues grouped. The issues in the morning session were on jury instructions, the venue, the evidence of past crimes and the Hillsborough County Superior Court North judge's refusal to permit introduction of a section of Addison's recorded interview with police in which he said he didn't intend to shoot Briggs.
Defense attorney David Rothstein argued the venue for the trial should have been "anywhere that's not 100 yards from the police department," referring to the distance between the court and the Manchester Police Department.
But assistant attorney general Elizabeth Woodcock countered that the shooting of a police officer is a "unique event" and said because of that and the media coverage, "People generally knew about this."
The defense also said that the prosecution's recounting of the educational, social and entertainment options available to a convict serving a life sentence unfairly impacted the jury's sentencing decision.
But Justice Robert Lynn said when the defense used as a mitigating factor, "To die in prison is harsh," then it was fair for the prosecution to say what is available to prisoners, including television.
The session was to resume at 1 p.m. After oral testimony, the justices will have thousands of pages of trial transcripts and written arguments to read and consider before reaching a decision.
READER COMMENTS: 0
- 'Fugitive of the week' arrested in Hooksett - 0
- Dover police arrest 3 on drug charges - 3
- Manchester woman accused of driving on sidewalk chasing boyfriend - 8
- Vehicle stops in Manchester yield 3 drug arrests - 1
- Pelham had employed finance head charged with embezzlement - 0
- Two in Keene robbed at home - 0
- Mass. man accused in sex assault of teen in Nashua - 0
- Police seek 4 teens for Manchester robbery - 0
- Manchester man charged in forklift theft - 0
READER COMMENTS: 0
- Sports Briefs: No miracle finish for Vonn - 0
- Browns QB Campbell cleared to face Pats - 0
- Bruins defenseman Boychuk's status unknown - 1
- SNHU seeks NCAA title - 0
- Wildcat gridders visit Maine in defining game for program - 2
- Manchester needs more police department argues in staffing report - 6
- Reams threatens to sue county commissioners - 7
- Mont Vernon picks Milford officer as next police chief - 1
- NH veterans remember attack on Pearl Harbor - 0
Reams threatens to sue county commissioners
'Fugitive of the week' arrested in Hooksett
Dover police arrest 3 on drug charges
Conway is heartened by word of her letter
Nashua hero up for Carnegie award
McWages: They're about value
Pot debate precedes legislative hearings
Dingman: 'I try to be a better person'
John DiStaso's Granite Status: Scott Brown says 'nothing is really changed' on political plans
- Should applicants for jobless benefits have to pass a drug test?
- Total Votes: 1424