Before, during, and after, the accuser was reported by witnesses and media as "sobbing." That crying accompanied the jury verdict today. However, it was described as weeping softly.
ABC coverage tells us that:
"... the jury of nine men and three women delivered a not guilty verdict on the three felony sexual assault charges on the second day of deliberations. He also was found not guilty of simple assault, a misdemeanor. Labrie was found guilty of four misdemeanors relating to sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child. He was also found guilty of one felony for using a computer to 'seduce, soicit, lure or entice a child under the age of 16.'"
Clearly, both the defendant and the minor who accused him face a tough road ahead. He did not get off the hook, completely. Unless he appeals the verdict, there will be a felony on his record. That can prevent him from embarking on so many career paths. As well as even getting a $10 an hour job.
Most members of society will be wary of him. No doubt he will hit walls in trying to establish intimate relationships with women. In therapy or through practicing mindfulness, he will have to explore how he got into this pickle, in the first place. Did his academic and athletic success push him over the line into reckless arrogance?
The girl could be shunned in school for bringing such negative publicity to this elite institution. Those who have invested so much in that brand will likely not have great empathy with her supposed pursuit of justice. After all, the situation was a classic she said/he said.
Those sophisticated about human nature might see red flags in her crying jags. One of my communications colleague had been hospitalized in a psychiatric facility for compulsive sobbing. After some of us tried to help her return to normal post-institutionalization, we threw in the towel, pun intended. The weeping was a behavior she didn't want to or couldn't exit.
Also, in therapy or through mindfulness practice, this young woman might dig deep why she took legal action on what seems, at least to some of us who have been around the law, to have been a weak case.
Growing up is hard. Now both the defendant and accuser have to do that very fast. Their childhoods, which provide a margin of error, are over.