Court upholds teen rape and murder victim’s privacy rights

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) – The New Hampshire Supreme Court has decided the details of a young woman’s sexual history should remain private after her 2012 rape and murder.

Elizabeth “Lizzi” Marriott was a 19-year-old sophomore at the University of New Hampshire and was from Westborough, Massachusetts.

Seth Mazzaglia was convicted of murder and is serving a life sentence. He argued the trial court should’ve allowed him to introduce evidence about Marriott’s past.

In June, the state Supreme Court ruled information about Marriott’s sexual activity sealed during the trial should be made public during the appeals process. Prosecutors and Marriott’s family objected.

The court issued its new ruling Thursday.

Mazzaglia’s attorney argued the court shouldn’t conduct the appellate process behind closed doors. He notes the order said arguments on his client’s appeal would be public.

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