Charges dropped against NH man for blowing up LGBT newspaper box
SALEM, Mass. — Charges were dropped against one of the two New Hampshire men charged with blowing up a newspaper distribution box in downtown Salem last summer.
According to Salem News, charges against Lawrence Gilman, 21, of Milford, were dropped because there was no evidence that Gilman actually participated in placing a firework inside the Rainbow Times box in Townhouse Square, only that he was present when it happened.
His co-defendant, John Richard, 23, of Hollis, admitted last month to bringing a firework mortar with him when he and Gilman and the rest of their musical band, D-Sagawa, came to Salem to play at a nearby club on the evening of Aug. 22.
Salem News reported that Richard's case was continued without a finding for a year, with conditions that include restitution, community service and a letter of apology.
It was also reported that Gilman's lawyer, John Bosk, credited the Salem Police Department and the Essex District Attorney for not "politicizing" the incident after learning that the explosion was not motivated by animus against the gay community.