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Breaking: Parker Gilbert Acquitted

After a half hour of deliberation yesterday, and four hours of convening today, the jury acquitted Parker Gilbert on all counts.

The D has more details, and the Valley News has a lengthy story.

Addendum: The New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence (NHCADSV) and WISE (Women’s Information Services) have issued a joint statement critical of the Gilbert verdict:

NH Coalition Statement.jpg

An alumnus comments on the above statement:

I find this line particular detached from reality: “The amount of time and resources utilized by the defense to break her down is rarely exhibited in a case like this where so few facts are in question.”

Considering the entire defense lasted little more than an afternoon…

My own take on this point is that, in reality, a great many facts were in question. The prosecutor should have recognized that situation from the outset, as should the parents of the complainant and her advisors.

Addendum: Another reader writes in:

I doubt that the good people at WISE dashed that statement off on the back of a napkin - they obviously had it all ready for release in advance — because the evidence made it so, so clear where this trial was headed. These charges should never have been brought in the first place. But they were - and isn’t that what all of the advocacy groups have been calling for? Their day in court? The State’s case was astonishingly weak; to imply that Parker Gilbert prevailed through use of superior resources is absurd.

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