Saturday, March 19, 2016

Slow Saturday Special: Labrie Violated Probation

It's the top story this morning, and it was the stool-pigeon pre$$ that ratted him out:

"Judge revokes bail for Owen Laurie" by Kathy McCabe Globe Staff  March 18, 2016

CONCORD, N.H. — Owen Labrie, the former St. Paul’s School student convicted of sexually assaulting an underage girl on campus, was sent to jail Friday for violating the terms of his release by missing court-ordered curfews.

Labrie, who was free on bail while he appealed his conviction, showed no emotion as the judge ordered him to begin serving his one-year sentence. He was led away in handcuffs, as his mother broke down in tears.

Judge Larry Smukler, who in October called Labrie a liar as he sentenced him to jail, said Labrie had brought this on himself.

“You made the decision,” he said, culminating a tense hearing in Merrimack Superior Court.

Prosecutors said Labrie had thumbed his nose at his bail conditions by traveling to Boston several times, sometimes to visit his girlfriend at Harvard University. Under his bail conditions, Labrie was confined to his mother’s home in Vermont between 5 p.m. and 8 a.m. each day.

“He has been moving about the New England states as he sees fit,” prosecutor Catherine Ruffle said. “He wants to ask forgiveness now because he failed to ask for permission.”

Labrie’s lawyer, Jaye Rancourt, said Labrie had been traveling to Boston to conduct research, attend a lecture, and meet with professors, and also had meetings with his lawyers.

She acknowledged Labrie had sometimes left his home earlier than his curfew allowed, but only did so to “fly under the radar” and avoid public attention.

“He’s sorry for that,” she said. “He was essentially stuck in his home.”

Prosecutors moved to revoke Labrie’s bail after a Feb. 29 incident in which Labrie was spotted on an MBTA Red Line train in Cambridge by a reporter, who described her conversation with Labrie in a series of posts on Twitter and a later article for VICE.

Her account spurred a detailed investigation involving security video and credit card statements that revealed that Labrie, 20, had broken his curfew on “at least seven occasions,” prosecutors said.

“It’s our position that these are willful violations,” Ruffle said.

The bail revocation marked an abrupt turn in the high-profile case, which drew national attention to the sexual culture at the elite boarding school and sparked debate about laws around sexual assault....


Also seeOwen Labrie’s lawyers say he had good reasons for violating curfew

Related: Labrie Laid Low 

Globe raised him up high! 

I'm violating my parole because the games have started and I'm still blogging.

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I don't see how he can do better than Bulger's lawyers.

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