Oct 12, 2016 11:07 AM
Lawyers for former St. Paul's student Owen Labrie want his case reopened and the computer crime charges dropped.
That New Hampshire computer crimes law, which comes with a sentence of up to seven years in prison, supercharged Labrie’s penalty, according to Newsweek. Because of his conviction on the computer crimes charge, Labrie was put on the sex offenders list for life.
Because St. Paul's email system is on campus servers, Labrie's lawyers say that he used a "intranet" to arrange to see the victim, not the "internet", which would have servers all over the world.
Labrie's lawyers are arguing in their petition that this fact is "failure to investigate the email communication relied upon by the State." They are arguing the computer he used to set up the meet, was in fact not criminal or illegal at all because it was school property.
The lawyers have also argued that since he was acquitted of the underlying charge of aggravated sexual assault, the computer charge shouldn't apply. There will be a hearing to consider a new trial in February.
Labrie's victim, Francesca "Chessy" Prout, revealed her identity on the TODAY show in August and launched a campaign for sexual assault survivors.
Prout said the campaign #IHavetheRightTo lets other victims know they "don't have to be ashamed."
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