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Governor, AG supports reaction to motorcycle crash verdict

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Associated Press

Holly Reimer

Defense attorneys condemn comments made by New Hampshire Governor Chris Snunu and his Attorney General. The men said Wednesday they supported their statement.

After a two-week trial, a jury held a hearing on Tuesday in less than three hours and 26-year-old Volodymyr Zhukovsky was found guilty. He was acquitted of seven counts of manslaughter, seven counts of manslaughter, and one count of reckless conduct. The charges stem from a June 21, 2019 crash in Randolph, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island, where seven members of his club died on his motorcycle. .

Prosecutors said Zhukovsky, who had taken heroin, fentanyl and cocaine earlier in the day of the crash, turned back and forth multiple times before the crash and He claimed to have told the police that he was the cause. However, a judge dismissed his eight charges related to whether he was disabled, and his lawyers said he was drunk and had no idea where he was when he lost control of his motorcycle and slid off. He accused lead biker Albert “Woody” Mazza Jr. of not seeing if he was going. In front of Zhukovsky's truck.

After the verdict, Sununu said he shared "the shock, anger, and anger that so many have expressed" since the crash. I didn't. It's an absolute tragedy," he said.

Attorney General John Formera said he believed the state had substantiated its claims.

Zhukovsky was found guilty of the incident and he should have been held responsible for the seven deaths and numerous injuries." "We appreciate and are deeply disappointed in the efforts of the court and jury, but respect the verdict and the judicial system."

"These statements are irresponsible, dangerous, and disrespectful to the jury." and undermines the integrity of the criminal justice system," the group said in a statement. "They also violate rules intended to protect the rights of defendants and protect jurors from undue influence and harassment."

These According to the rules, prosecutors should avoid making comments that criticize jury actions or verdicts, and must "accept acquittals with respect." Formera spokesman Michael Garrity, when asked to respond to defense attorneys, pointed to the last sentence of the Attorney General's statement, while Sununu's spokesman said the governor supported his comments.

"Our jurors will seek public action by the Governor and Supreme Law Enforcement Officers if they find that the State has failed to meet its responsibilities (as the jurors have done here). Should I be afraid of the condemnation of the “What our governor loudly puts his thumbs on the scales is abuse of his platform and his office.