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Concord Monitor March 23, 2023
The New Hampshire Supreme Court overturned criminal convictions Thursday of former State Senator Jeffrey Woodburn who was charged with domestic assault-related crimes in 2018 after a series of disputes with his then-girlfriend.
The Supreme Court concluded that the court did fail to provide appropriate instruction to the jury and reversed the convictions of domestic violence and simple assault but affirmed the two counts of criminal mischief and remanded the case for a new trial.
“It’s disappointing that these convictions were overturned by the Supreme Court on a legal technicality; however, other convictions in this case still stand and Mr. Woodburn will be going to jail for his crimes,” said Amanda Grady Sexton, director of public affairs of the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence in a public statement. “This decision should not in any way discourage victims of domestic violence from coming forward and reporting abuse.”