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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.
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:
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.
October 18, 2009
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Fare Thee Well, Tom Crady
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May 31, 2009
Kangaroo Court, Indeed
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