By LYNNE TUOHY
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - The New Hampshire Supreme Court is reversing a Hanover man's sex assault conviction, saying his fair trial rights were violated when the judge refused to reject a juror who said she, too, was a child sex assault victim and needed to serve on the case.
William Town, 37, has been incarcerated since October 2010, when he was convicted of aggravated felony sex assault on a 12-year-old girl. Grafton County Attorney Lara Saffo says he will be retried.
The Supreme Court ruled unanimously that the trial judge erred in not excusing the juror who said she would like to - and needed to - serve on the jury and that she would "try" to be fair.
Town's lawyer - George Ostler - says the transcript speaks for itself.
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