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Former law student charged with changing his jury verdict slip

After a Brighton man was found guilty of larceny by a jury in 2014, he allegedly returned to the courthouse and altered the the jury’s verdict slip to read “not guilty.”

David Scher, 33, was arraigned Wednesday on the following charges: perjury, tampering with a court document, forgery, and two counts of uttering a false document, according to the Suffolk District Attorney’s office. He was released on his own recognizance. His trial is scheduled to begin in December.

Prosecutors say Scher was convicted by a jury in 2014 of stealing a laptop from the Suffolk University Law School where he had been a student. He is accused of returning to the courthouse in the months after his conviction and requesting access to his case file, a public record.  Prosecutors say he removed the verdict slip and forged a copy of it, changing the verdict to not guilty before placing the forged copy back in the file.

The D.A.’s office said the original jury slip, which had been personally seen by the full jury and trial judge and confirmed on the record, hasn’t been located, but that the forged slip began appearing in “various matters” related to Scher’s conviction.

Scher’s attorney did not immediately return a request for comment.

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