Prep School Rape Trial Closing Arguments Describe Two Stories

27 Aug 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

2 big questions need to be answered in an elite boarding school rape case.

CONCORD, N.H. CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The latest on the trial of a former student at an elite prep school accused of raping a freshman as part of a tradition called Senior Salute (all times local): Jurors have begun deliberating whether a graduate of an elite New Hampshire prep school raped a freshman as part of a tradition of sexual conquest called Senior Salute. Prosecutor Joseph Cherniske said Thursday in closing arguments that Owen Labrie planned the rape and brought a blanket and condom to a dark, noisy mechanical room in a building at St. Over the course of the past two weeks, two central questions have emerged as to what exactly happened when Owen Labrie, now 19 years old, invited the female student to take part in a “senior salute” — a longstanding school tradition where older students would sexually proposition younger ones.

Both Labrie, 19, and the girl who accused him of the crime have testified in a high-profile case that has lasted nearly two weeks, offering sharply different accounts of the May 2014 incident. Cherniske noted that the 19-year-old Labrie testified he was lying when he told four of his closest friends that he’d pulled “every trick in the book” to have sex with the girl. Moreover, as Emily Bazelon points out in The New York Times, several charges hinge largely on whether the girl communicated her lack of consent if the jury finds they did have intercourse.

Carney, told the jury that for the girl to admit she detailed to her best friend in graphic terms what she was prepared to do with Labrie “would destroy the whole image she’d been trying to create in front of you jurors.” “If you conclude she was not being truthful then I submit it taints her entire testimony,” Carney said. “In order to put forward this story, she was willing to tell a lie about a critical fact right in front of you.” Cherniske also took aim at the culture of St. Boys often exaggerate about their sexual experiences, the defense attorney said, and Labrie made the claim because “it was easier to say.” Prosecutors have emphasized that their case is not about the school, but about the conduct of Labrie. Labrie was set to study theology at Harvard University after he graduated in 2014, although his acceptance appears to have been rescinded following the rape charges. Cherniske says it defies common sense that Labrie put on a condom and then had a moment of “divine inspiration” that stopped him from escalating their sexual contact. Officials at the school pledged to review the school’s policies and culture in the wake of the incident. “I am determined to learn if this alleged violation is an aberration or represents a broader issue,” Rector Michael Hirschfeld wrote in a July 2014 letter to parents. “This is as much a question about the nature and quality of relationships our students have with one another as it is about upholding basic standards of respect.” On Wednesday, Labrie took the stand as the sole defense witness in the case, describing a casual, consensual encounter that stopped short of sexual intercourse.

While both sides acknowledge there was some consensual sexual activity — some kissing and touching — they have presented contradicting stories as to whether penetration took place. The girl testified last week that she initially thought Labrie’s intentions for asking her to participate in Senior Salute were “really wrong,” but she relented when a friend convinced her that Labrie was sincere in trying to pay attention to her. In one exchange, the girl says Labrie’s plan to meet “sounds perfect.” The Associated Press generally does not name people who say they have been sexually assaulted. She acknowledged on cross-examination that she helped Labrie remove her shirt and pants and said she didn’t protest because she didn’t want to be offensive. On cross-examination, the alleged victim conceded that she lifted up her arms so Labrie could take her shirt off and raised her hips so he could pull off her shorts.

That would leave misdemeanor charges of simple assault — prosecutors say he bit the girl’s breast — and endangering the welfare of a child under 18. Paul’s School, one of eight members of a prep school Ivy League of sorts that boasts as alumni an international roster of senators, congressmen, ambassadors, Pulitzer Prize winners, Nobel laureates and other notables.

Police: Student stabbed at Baltimore high school dies

20 Jan 2016 | Author: | No comments yet »

Police Identify Student Killed In City School Stabbing.

Baltimore police spokesman T.J. The teen had been in class on the third floor of the school building in the 1300 block of McCulloh Street when a sophomore went into the classroom and stabbed him at approximately noon on Tuesday, Nov. 24, police reported. Police said Sunday that investigators are collaborating with the state’s attorney’s office to file additional charges now that the victim has died. Crawford remains in police custody, officials reported. “It’s a tragedy anytime we have someone killed in an act of violence, even moreso when it’s a child.

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