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Oral arguments on Labrie’s appeal delayed until September

  • 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. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz

  • Owen Labrie is escorted out of the Merrimack County Superior Courtroom Monday, May 16, 2016, in Concord, N.H. after a judge agreed to new bail conditions. Labrie, a prep school graduate convicted of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old freshman girl as part of a game of sexual conquest called Senior Salute, will again be free pending appeal and now required to use electronic monitoring via GPS.(AP Photo/Jim Cole) Jim Cole

  • FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2015 file photo, Owen Labrie listens to prosecutors before being sentenced in Merrimack County Superior Court in Concord, N.H. Labrie was convicted of sexually assaulting a younger student and was sentenced to jail. While free on bail, a prosecutor said he violated required curfew. During a hearing Friday, March 18, 2016, Labrie was taken into custody after a Merrimack County Superior Court judge found that he violated conditions of his bail. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, Pool, File) Jim Cole

Monitor staff
Published: 5/29/2018 1:03:54 PM

After a new delay, the New Hampshire Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments in Owen Labrie’s direct appeal of his 2015 sexual assault convictions this fall.

Each side was scheduled to have 15 minutes before the court on June 14, but oral arguments were postponed Friday at the request of Labrie’s attorney, Jaye Rancourt, who wrote that she’ll be on vacation at that time. The court ordered the case rescheduled for the September oral arguments session.

It’s been more than two years since Labrie filed a direct appeal of his convictions, including a felony computer 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. Smukler said in his ruling that Labrie failed to prove that his high-profile legal team was “constitutionally ineffective.”

That case has not yet been scheduled for oral arguments.

Labrie, of Tunbridge, Vt., is out of jail on bail conditions pending his appeals.




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