CONCORD, N.H. – A lawyer who represented a New Hampshire prep school graduate at his sexual assault trial says the defense team's work wasn't ideal.
Owen Labrie (lah-BREE'), of Tunbridge, Vermont, was convicted in 2015 of misdemeanor sexual assault and child endangerment, but acquitted of rape, for his encounter with a 15-year-old classmate in a game of sexual conquest at St. Paul's School in Concord. He also was convicted of a felony computer charge that requires him to register as a sex offender for life.
Labrie is now seeking a new trial, arguing his lawyers harmed his case in part by failing to challenge the felony charge earlier.
On Thursday, attorney Samir Zaganjori (zag-in-JOR'-ee) said waiting to challenge the charge until after the verdict was not "ideal representation" but he said overall Labrie received effective counsel.