Deliberations begin in New Hampshire prep school rape trial

28 Aug 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Closing arguments in prep school rape trial: Defense lawyer brands accuser a ‘liar’ who planned to perform a sex act on suspect as prosecutor describes him as a manipulator.

Closing arguments were presented this morning in the case of a former student at an elite New Hampshire prep school charged with raping a freshman as part of a tradition of sexual conquest called ‘Senior Salute.’ Attorney J.W. Carney, who represents 19-year-old Owen Labrie, of Tunbridge, Vermont, argued in court that his client’s accuser lied on the stand when she said she didn’t recall telling friends that she was prepared to perform oral sex on the St Paul’s School senior in the night of their encounter. Carney insisted that the teenager knew her testimony would contradict her best friend’s so she decided to say she had no recollection instead of setting up a credibility battle. Courtroom rivals: Prosecutor Joseph Cherniske (left) and defense layer JW Carney (right) delivered their closing arguments before the case was handed over to the jury Carney pointed to the breezy emails between the pair afterward as evidence her words were not those of a rape victim.

He stressed that Labrie told police that Senior Salute participants “take great pride in taking the virginity of younger students.” Labrie acknowledged Wednesday that he bragged to his friends in the hours after he got together with the girl that they had sex and wrote that he had to use “every trick in the book” for it to happen. Paul’s, which boasts as alumni an international roster of senators, congressmen, ambassadors, Pulitzer Prize winners, Nobel laureates and other notables, including U.S. There’s no reason to delete these messages unless everything (the accuser) told you is 100 percent — period — true.” Cherniske said the girl, now 16, didn’t report the rape for several days because she didn’t want to disrupt her sister’s graduation from St. Cherniske said it defies common sense that the 19-year-old stopped short of having penetrative sex with the freshman after having a moment of ‘divine inspiration’ in the mechanical room. Paul’s and because she “thought she could handle it all.” “She thought she could handle going with an 18-year-old boy for a Senior Salute,” Cherniske said. “She thought she could say ‘no’ by holding onto her clothing and saying ‘no’ and make it stop.” The girl testified that she twice told Labrie “no” during their encounter and that she felt “frozen” when he persisted.

Calling to mind the accuser’s testimony from last week, the prosecutor said that she told Labrie ‘no’ three times and then ‘froze’ in fear as he proceeded to rape her. Paul’s, whose alumni include powerful business and political leaders such as Secretary of State John Kerry, has said the ‘Senior Salute’ does not reflect its values.

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