Nov 21, 2015 10:35 AM

Recently retired judge presiding over high-profile cases

The Associated Press

CONCORD — A New Hampshire judge who took senior status in August has an unusual notion of retirement: trying back-to-back high-profile cases.

Judge Larry Smukler spent the days and weeks after his Aug. 1 retirement preparing for the rape trial of a recent St. Paul's School graduate that drew national media attention. With the Owen Labrie case behind him, Smukler is now holding hearings in advance of another headlines-grabbing case: the kidnapping and sexual assault trial of Nathanial Kibby.

Prosecutors say Kibby held a teenage girl captive for nine months in a bunker-style trailer before releasing her.

The 65-year-old Smukler declined to be interviewed, but those around him say they're not surprised the tech-savvy jurist is still in the spotlight.

Chief Judge Tina Nadeau says the "retirement" is in quotes here.

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