Murderer: Addison is still guilty
On Wednesday the state Supreme Court upheld Michael Addison's capital murder conviction in the 2006 shooting death of Manchester Police Officer Michael Briggs. Though more legal arguments are forthcoming, at least this question is settled, and settled well.
Through his attorneys, Addison had appealed his conviction on the grounds that he did not get a fair trial. His attorneys argued that holding the trial in Manchester, where the murder was committed, resulted in a biased jury. They argued that they should have been allowed to reject more jurors, and that the trial court should have rejected a great deal of evidence that was used to convict Addison, and that the court's jury instructions were flawed.
The court painstakingly reviewed each appeal. Unsurprisingly, all were rejected and Addison's conviction was upheld. That is due to two primary reasons: 1) The defense claims were frivolous. All were denied at the trial court level, and for sound legal reasons. 2) Then-Attorney General Kelly Ayotte, who prosecuted the Addison case, did a remarkable job. She and her team presented an air-tight case that the defense was wholly unable to refute.
Addison's appeal of his death sentence remains under review. For now, the community can rest easy knowing that this murderer will, at the very least, remain in prison for the rest of his life.