The Latest: Jurors in Prep School Rape Case Go Home for Day

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.

CONCORD, N.H. – Jurors deliberating the fate of a prep school graduate charged with raping a freshman were left to decide Thursday who was more credible: the defendant who credited “divine inspiration” with helping him end their escalating sexual encounter or the accuser who couldn’t recall telling a friend what sex acts she was prepared to perform. Nineteen-year-old Owen Labrie, of Tunbridge, Vermont, faces six sexual assault charges, three of them felonies, over his encounter last year with the 15-year-old girl in the attic of a near-deserted building at St.

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. Prosecutors say it happened as part of Senior Salute, a school tradition of sexual conquest in which seniors try to romance or have sex with underclassmen before graduation. 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 said it was a lie he told to seem cool and he now regrets it. “He wants you to believe nothing happened,” Cherniske said. “Yet, he deleted 119 messages from his Facebook account — messages that confirm he had sex with her. 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 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.

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. 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.

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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