- NewsweekManaging Editor
- Matthew CooperContributing Editor
Protest Newsweek Giving One-Sided Coverage to Sex Offender Protesting Conviction
On October 29, 2015 Owen Labrie was sentenced for sex offenses occurring at St. Paul's prep school against a 15-year-old girl. Superior Court Judge Lawrence Smukler told Labrie from the bench: "You are a very good liar" before imposing three concurrent 12-month terms for misdemeanor counts of sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child, as well as a felony charge of computer-related seduction.
On December 18, 2015 Newsweek gave Labrie a photo spread and published a one-sided review of the case that did not include any comments from law enforcement, the prosecution, the judge, the victim or her family, or their attorneys. Such one-sided coverage paints a false picture of innocence for an offender being found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a fair trial. The coverage also skimmed over damning evidence including Labrie's intentional deletion of admissions to the sex offenses from his Facebook account including Labrie's acknowledgement that the victim was "prepubescent." Newsweek essentially is serving as part of Labrie's defense team as he appeals to the Supreme Court of New Hampshire. This has caused the victim and her family ongoing harm.
- Managing Editor
- Contributing Editor
Newsweek, it is unacceptable to give a convicted sex offender the opportunity to further harm the victim and her family through one-sided coverage. You have no comments from law enforcement, the prosecution, the judge, or SurvJustice who supported the victim and her family during the criminal trial.
Glorifying an already entitled sex offender only furthers his violations against the only innocent party in this case, the victim.
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