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Parker Gilbert: The Medical Evidence
Amelia Acosta ‘15 has taken over reportorial duties for The D, and she has continued the careful work begun last week by Marina Shkuratov ‘15. The D’s account of Monday’s trial proceedings is here, and the Valley News’ shorter summary is here.
Three people testified yesterday: Elizabeth B. Morse, a certified sexual assault nurse examiner who works for both Dartmouth College Health Services and at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center; Susan Faith, a criminalist from the New Hampshire State Police forensic lab; and Alexandra Jarvis ‘16, a friend of the complainant.
The latter two witnesses seemed to add little or nothing to the proceeding. Faith’s analyses of the medical samples collected during the complainant’s examination on the day after the interaction with Gilbert were inconclusive; no evidence linked to Gilbert was found. Jarvis testified to the complainant’s state of mind, and once again, statements made to Hanover Chief of Police Frank Moran were read out by the defense with the goal of illustrating contradictions between in-court testimony and comments previously made.
Elizabeth Morse’s time on the stand involved a lengthy description of her examination protocols, the results of her examinations themselves, and her notes about the complainant’s comments made at the time of the examination.
The complainant was quoted as saying that she was not intoxicated during the evening in question: she had “had a little bit to drink” but “was lucid.” As a result, no tests for alcohol or drugs were conducted. Notes taken during the examination had the complainant observe that the defendant had used a single derogatory epithet with her, in contrast to the stream of ugly language about which she had testified on the stand last week.
Nurse Morse quoted the complainant as not being in pain, except during invasive parts of the examination. She did have multiple bruises, whose origins were not commented about. Morse also admitted that it had been “a mistake” under the SANE protocols not to take protein samples from under the complainant’s finger nails.
The prosecution will now conclude the presentation of its evidence. The defense will present its own evidence. It is unlikely that Gilbert himself will take the stand; he would have nothing to gain by recounting the night’s events, and he could come across in a negative light to the jury.
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Election Reform Study Committee
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