WOODBURY NJ (June 27, 2018)(CNBNewsnet)--A state appeals court has affirmed a prior ruling that the lawyer for Lawrence L. Moore (DOB 12/12/55), of Pitman, did not ineffectively represent him during his 2011 trial for sexually assaulting a girl when she was 10 and continuing from 1999 to 2001.
After the girl disclosed Moore’s actions when she was 18, he was convicted of aggravated sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child in a 2011 trial and was sentenced to seven years in New Jersey state prison.
Moore’s appeal from an adverse post-conviction relief ruling contended his lawyer should not have allowed the trial jury to hear his entire interview with investigators because of “unduly prejudicial ultimate opinions made by the interrogator.”
In a decision issued 6/22/18, the appeals court cited its previous opinion on Moore’s initial appeal in 2013 that, while it would have been preferable to have parts of the recorded interview redacted, the playing of the entire tape “was not harmful error.” The appellate judges also found the interrogator’s techniques, which included telling Moore he “will feel better once it is off his chest,” was not inappropriate.”
Had Moore succeeded in this appeal, his conviction could have been overturned.
In a brief opposing the appeal, Assistant Gloucester County Prosecutor Margaret Cipparrone wrote that Moore’s lawyer’s strategy regarding the interview was “reasonable and sound” in light of the limited portions played during Moore’s cross-examination.
The State’s case against Moore was presented at trial by now-retired First Assistant Prosecutor Audrey Curwin.