NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

October 2, 2013

N.H. Supreme Court rejects Abramson appeal

BY ANGELJEAN CHIARAMIDA
STAFF WRITER

---- — CONCORD, N.H. — The New Hampshire Supreme Court last week tossed out the attempt by a Seabrook resident to overturn his 2012 felony conviction.

According to Albert “Max” Abramson, 35, of 14 Charles Henry Way, the state’s highest court rejected all three issues he raised in his appeal of his March 2012 conviction. Abramson was found guilty of one count of felony reckless conduct by a jury seated for a five-day trial at Rockingham Superior Court before Judge N. William Delker. The jury did not find him guilty of the four other counts of felony reckless conduct.

Abramson was sentenced to one year in the house of correction, which was suspended pending good behavior, 200 hours of community service and a fine. However, because he was convicted of a felony, Abramson is legally prohibited from owning or carrying a firearm.

The charges against Abramson stemmed from an incident that took place around 3 a.m. on Dec. 19, 2010. Abramson was found guilty of firing his Glock .40-caliber handgun while people were at his home, considered an act that put others in danger.

Although no one was shot, a frantic, 61/2-minute 911 call made by a guest at the party reported gunfire and “blood everywhere,” and police from Seabrook, Salisbury and the New Hampshire State Police sped to the area. Seabrook officers approached Abramson’s home with guns drawn to investigate what was described as a tense situation, since they thought armed persons could still be present and people injured.

According to the ruling by the State of New Hampshire Supreme Court, Abramson appealed his conviction arguing on three fronts: that the trial court committed plain error by admitting certain statements he made to police, that the trial court erred by excluding evidence of certain conduct that occurred following the shooting, and that his conviction is unsupported by evidence and contrary to the weight of the evidence.

However, after considering all the issues presented in the legal brief and records submitted on the appeal, according to the ruling, the justices concluded there was no need to proceed further to oral arguments, thus rejecting the case.

“The New Hampshire Constitution guarantees the right to defend your home and your community, but the prison lobby and Police Chiefs Association simply wield too much political clout in our state,” Abramson wrote in his press release. “The safety of our communities is in jeopardy because of cases like this.”

According to his press release, Abramson intends to request “a pardon from the governor.”