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Jury deliberating in Plaistow lawyer’s sex assault trial
Lawrence Buswell, 53, is in Rockingham County Superior Court facing two counts of felonious sexual assault. (JAMES A. KIMBLE/UNION LEADER CORRESPONDENT)
Closing arguments in the trial of Lawrence Buswell, 53, ended with the prosecution and defense sparring about the veracity of the alleged victim.
She also dismissed claims by the defense that the boy only made up the assault to avoid consequences of a juvenile family court petition filed against him by his parents in Massachusetts.
Soldati argued that the youth’s lies and the handling of the case overall should anger jurors.
The defense also handed over to prosecutors photos taken by one of Buswell’s daughters showing the victim and Buswell riding in the boat together. The teen is driving Buswell’s boat while speaking to him.
Cirulli said the victim never gave a specific date of the assault. She said jurors could find that the assault happened on other days in July 2011.
“Does that make sense to you?” she asked.
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