N.H. Supreme Court arguments scheduled for September in Owen Labrie appeal

  • Owen Labrie returns to his seat during an evidentiary hearing on whether he will be granted a retrial at Merrimack County Superior Court in Concord, N.H., on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017. Labrie was convicted of misdemeanor sexual assault charges and a felony computer-use charge requiring him to register as a sex offender in 2015. Elizabeth Frantz / Monitor file

Monitor staff
Published: 7/26/2018 4:58:43 PM

The New Hampshire Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Owen Labrie’s first appeal of his 2015 sexual assault convictions on Sept. 13.

Attorneys were scheduled to appear before the high court in June; however, oral arguments were postponed at the request of Labrie’s attorney, Jaye Rancourt, who was scheduled to be on vacation at that time.

Each side will have 15 minutes to state its case.

More than two years ago, Labrie filed a direct appeal of his convictions, including a felony computer-use charge that requires lifelong registration as a sex offender. A jury found Labrie guilty in August 2015 of using the internet to solicit sex from a 15-year-old freshman as part of the “Senior Salute,” a game of sexual conquest at St. Paul’s School in Concord.

He was also found guilty of three counts of statutory rape and one count of endangering the welfare of a child, all misdemeanors.

Rancourt previously provided local counsel to Labrie’s out-of-state trial team led by famed Boston attorney J.W. Carney. She is representing Labrie on his direct appeal, but not on his discretionary appeal, which is also before the state’s highest court.

In his discretionary appeal, Labrie argues that he received ineffective counsel leading to his convictions. Appellate defender Christopher Johnson is representing Labrie as he challenges Merrimack County Superior Court Judge Larry Smukler’s decision in April 2017 not to grant him a new trial.

(Alyssa Dandrea can be reached at 369-3319, adandrea@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @_ADandrea.)

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