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Judicial Branch, State of New Hampshire

For Immediate Release:
February 17, 2017

State v. Owen Labrie
Case # 217-2014-CR-0617
Evidentiary Hearing to be held Feb. 21-24

CONCORD, NH - The Public Information Office of the Judicial Branch issued the following information today in the above captioned case:

What:             Evidentiary Hearing in State v. Owen Labrie

When:            February 21-24, scheduled for 9:00am-4:00pm each day
                          (Note: all four days may not be needed)
Where:            Merrimack County Superior Court, 163 N. Main Street, Concord
                          Courtroom #1

Presiding Justice:  Hon. Larry M. Smukler (original trial judge)
For the State:          Deputy Merrimack County Attorney Catherine Ruffle. Contact: 603.228.0529
For the Defense:    Attorney Robin Melone (pronounced Maloney). Contact: 603.294.1670


Media Notes

What is an Evidentiary Hearing

   In this case, it is a hearing on the merits of the defendant’s motion for a new trial claiming ineffective legal counsel. Not all evidentiary hearings are on the merits of a case.  It also differs from other hearings in that it will include testimony, instead of being limited to offers of proof or legal arguments.  Note: The defendant’s appeal to the New Hampshire Supreme Court regarding his convictions has been stayed until his request for a new trial has been resolved.  

Case File:

   The file will not be available Feb. 21-24 due to the fact it will be with the judge. Click here to access the documents in the file that are currently posted on-line.

Pooling Coverage:

   A pool has been ordered. WMUR will handle TV. Contact Dave Sakowich at dsakowich@hearst.com.  The Concord Monitor has still duties. Contact Geoff Forester at gforester@cmonitor.com



  The decision regarding whether the victim’s name may be broadcast will be announced on Feb. 21.                      
Parking for live trucks and live hit set ups:
   Parking at Merrimack Superior, as well as the surrounding streets, is limited - especially now due to large piles of snow.  Media may not set up for live hits in parking spaces along the front of the courthouse.  
Seating in the Courtroom/Overflow Room:
   16 seats are reserved for reporters on deadline, six of them for local media.  They include: WMUR-TV, NH1, Associated Press, Concord Monitor, Union Leader, and NH Public Radio. All other seats are on a first come, first serve basis. One seat per outlet. No members of the media may stand inside the courtroom.  An overflow room with a live feed will be set up in Court room # 4 (First Floor).

Accessing Wi-Fi:
  Wi-Fi at the Merrimack County Superior Courthouse was not designed for high capacity use.  Members of the media concerned about connecting to the Internet should arrange for their own cell signal or hot spot.

Requesting Transcripts:
  The Court contracts with AVTranz to fulfill all transcript requests. The link to the company on our Judicial Branch web site is:  http://www.courts.state.nh.us/forms/Transcript-Instructions.pdf.  Include (1) Case name - State of New Hampshire v. Owen Labrie; (2) Docket # 217-2014-CR-0617 (3) Court name - Merrimack County Superior Court, Concord, NH and (4) Date(s) of Hearing - Feb. 21-24.

   The Court’s Public Information Officer, Carole Alfano, will be on site.



Carole Alfano
Public Information Officer
603-271-2646 ext 0243