May 04, 2005

Priest convicted of sex assault plans fresh appeal

The Union Leader

Priest convicted of sex assault plans fresh appeal of sexually assaulting a teenager plans another appeal of his long prison sentence.

Gordon MacRae pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting three other boys after being convicted in 1994 of assaulting the first boy. He is serving a prison sentence of 33 to 67 years and lost an earlier appeal to the state Supreme Court.

A pair of columns in The Wall Street Journal last week argued that MacRae was wrongly convicted, renewing interest in the case.

Ted Carey, a lawyer in a prominent Nashville, Tenn., law firm, said he began reviewing the case after MacRae wrote to him from prison last year. Carey said his planned appeal would focus on the length of MacRae's sentence and constitutional issues at his trial.

Posted by kshaw at May 4, 2005 07:57 AM