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A judge in Manchester says the city's plan to install surveillance cameras could violate the state's current privacy laws, but the Manchester Police Department is moving forward with the plan anyway.  

 

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The New Hampshire Supreme Court has denied a request by the New Hampshire Attorney General's office to release records about its investigation into a high-profile alleged racially-motivated attack in Claremont two years ago.

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A lawsuit claims Amazon is violating laws in at least eight states by recording children without consent through Alexa devices.

The Seattle Times reports the lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court in Seattle claims the voice-controlled virtual assistant devices permanently records millions of children without their consent or parents' consent.

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A former lawyer has been sentenced in New Hampshire to six months in federal prison for misrepresenting himself.

Seventy-seven-year-old William Summers, of Haines City, Florida, pleaded guilty to a criminal contempt charge in October.

Court documents say he was suspended from practicing law in Ohio in 2012, but kept soliciting clients, including a defendant in a New Hampshire criminal case. Summers was hired for $25,000, plus travel and local counsel expenses. He didn't tell the client about his suspension.

 

New Hampshire's judicial branch says that its pilot program offering text message reminders to people involved in a divorce or parenting case reduced the failure-to-appear rate by 40% in a six-month period.

The circuit court launched the program last summer. People who chose to provide a cellphone number received three simple text messages reminding them of their mediation day and time: one each at seven days, three days, and one day before the event.

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A school funding lawsuit against the state got its first hearing at the Cheshire County Superior Court on Friday morning. The two plaintiffs, the Contoocook Valley and Winchester School Districts, argue that the state is not fulfilling its constitutional obligation to fund an adequate education for all New Hampshire students.

 

A Massachusetts jail inmate has pleaded guilty to trying to hire someone to kill three people, including a police officer and an unidentified owner of a New Hampshire restaurant.

Federal prosecutors say 21-year-old Mason Stickney, of Byfield, pleaded guilty Wednesday to three counts of using a facility of interstate commerce in the commission of murder-for-hire.

A judge lifted the life sentence Tuesday for a New Hampshire man who killed his parents and stashed them in garbage bags as a teenager, making him eligible for release in 17 years.

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A New Hampshire woman has been accused of concealing the death of her newborn child by putting the body in a metal box that was kept in a storage unit.

Gretchen Digman was indicted by a Grafton County grand jury.  The indictment released last week accuses the 42-year-old Digman, of Bristol, of hiding the baby's corpse and not telling authorities about the death sometime between January 2014 and May 2016.

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The New Hampshire Attorney General’s office is blocking a request by federal law enforcement agents to turn over drug prescribing information collected by the state.

In June, the Drug Enforcement Administration served a subpoena to Michelle Ricco-Jonas, program manager for the New Hampshire Prescription Drug Monitoring Program.

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A former New Hampshire judge who admitted he wrote fake evaluations of himself and attempted to defraud the state retirement system has been disbarred.

The New Hampshire Supreme Court on Thursday ordered that Paul Moore no longer practice law in the state.

Moore was a Nashua district judge. Prosecutors began investigating him after he was accused of submitting false performance evaluations. Moore didn't dispute that and resigned in April.

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A judge has rejected a request from a Vermont man to dismiss a lawsuit filed by his family accusing him of killing his millionaire grandfather and possibly his mother in an attempt to collect inheritance money.

Judge David King scheduled a 10-day trial in probate court for Nathan Carman, starting in 2019.

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Lawyers for two young sisters who were sexually abused by their parents while in foster care deserve 40 percent of the $6.75 million settlement they reached with New Hampshire's child protection agency, a judge ruled Friday.

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A New Hampshire judge who says he submitted anonymous online judicial evaluations of himself has resigned.

Circuit court Judge Paul Moore submitted a one-sentence resignation Tuesday, effective immediately.

The attorney general's office started investigating Moore's conduct last month.

The state Supreme Court sent the Judicial Conduct Committee a complaint against Moore last fall.

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State lawmakers are considering a deeper study of asbestos issues in New Hampshire. It would look at how fairly and quickly people who were exposed to the toxic substance can get compensation.

But asbestos lawsuits are all but nonexistent in the Granite State.

Instead, the legislature’s interest in the issue stems from a national campaign – and it has some advocates worried about obstacles for future cases.

 

A New Hampshire judge has scheduled a hearing on a request for more information from a man accused by family members of killing his millionaire grandfather and possibly his mother.

Nathan Carman has been called a suspect in the 2013 shooting death real estate developer John Chakalos in Connecticut. No one's been arrested. He's also been questioned about the day his boat sank with his mother, Linda Carman, aboard near Rhode Island in 2016. She's presumed dead.

New Hampshire Courts Launch Bail Reform Initiative

Mar 19, 2018
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New Hampshire's judicial branch announced today that it’s going to be taking a serious look at bail reform.

To avoid incarcerating people for too long simply because they can’t afford bail, court officials will begin working with the Pretrial Justice Institute to find ways to improve bail practices.

All Things Considered host Peter Biello spoke with New Hampshire Superior Court Chief Justice Tina Nadeau about the initiative.


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A New Hampshire circuit court judge has been suspended without pay because of allegations that he submitted fake evaluations of his job performance.

 

Judge Paul Moore sits on the Nashua District Court. He has been on leave since last year.

 

According to documents released yesterday, Moore interfered with the evaluation system the state courts use to assess the performance of judges, in order to boost his own score.

 

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On October 3rd, 2016, around 7:45 at night, a New Hampshire State Trooper pulled over a red Hyundai with Massachusetts plates heading northbound on I-95.

According to the police report, the car was going 66-mph in a 65-mph zone, and was tailgating behind a pickup truck. The driver of the car, a man named Alexander Temple, appeared nervous. The trooper noticed his hands were shaking.

Jury Finds Man Guilty in Plot to Kill Judge, former Mass. A.G.

Jan 31, 2018
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  A man has been convicted in federal court in New Hampshire of receiving guns and hand grenades as part of a plot to kill his ex-wife's husband, a federal judge, and a former Massachusetts attorney general.

A jury on Tuesday found 69-year-old Edward McLarnon, of Malden, Mass., guilty of receiving firearms with intent to commit murder, plus several weapons and explosive charges.

Evidence showed that McLarnon contacted an arms dealer who was actually an undercover FBI agent in 2015. McLarnon paid $700 for the weapons and was taken into custody shortly afterward.

Lawyer: Man Accused in Murder-for-Hire Plot Was Set Up

Dec 7, 2017
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The attorney for a New Hampshire man accused of participating in a failed murder-for-hire plot targeting his ex-wife says he was set up by a prosecution witness.

The trial started Wednesday for 63-year-old Maurice Temple. He's charged with criminal solicitation of murder, conspiracy to commit murder and attempt to commit murder.

He and his mother, 83-year-old Pauline Chase, were arrested in July after the witness, Mark Horne, agreed to secretly record police-authorized phone and video conversations.

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  A judge has ruled one of two defendants in a murder-for-hire case out of Plainfield is not competent to stand trial.

Pauline Chase, 83, was charged with plotting to pay a local man to kill her son's ex-wife. That man, the would-be hit man, ended up going to the police. He recorded phone calls and videos for police investigators of his interactions with Chase and her son.

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Gov. Chris Sununu will nominate attorney Anna Barbara Hantz of Stratham to the state Supreme Court Wednesday.

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The New Hampshire House has passed a bill that would require courts to instruct jurors of the option of jury nullification. That’s when a jury can return a verdict of not guilty if the jurors believe a guilty verdict would be unjust. Juries in New Hampshire already have the right to jury nullification, though it’s rarely used.

Joining All Things Considered for a look at jury nullification is Buzz Scherr. He’s a professor at UNH School of Law.

Can you give us an example of how jury nullification has been used in New Hampshire?

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 Governor Hassan has nominated Manchester Attorney David Ruoff as Superior Court justice, after three Republican councilors blocked the confirmation Manchester attorney, Dorothy Graham.

Chris Sununu, who is running for Governor, argued Graham’s twenty years as a Public Defender made her unqualified to be a judge.  The councilors stood by their decision despite vocal pushback from the legal community.

Gilford Woman To Fight $25 Topless Citation In Court

Oct 13, 2015
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A Gilford woman facing a $25 dollar fine for going topless at a beach in her hometown is heading to trial to fight it. She says her goal is to prove that ordinances banning female toplessness violate women’s civil rights.

And this isn’t the first time Heidi Lilley has gone topless on the beach.

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For the first time in decades, court-appointed lawyers who represent the poorest  clients will get a raise.

The raise from $60 to $100 dollars an hour would apply only to major crimes that take hundreds of attorney hours, like capital murder, and felonious sexual assault. The maximum fee cap for those crimes will also increase from $4,100 to $8,000.

Fines & Incarceration in N.H.

Sep 28, 2015
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A new New Hampshire ACLU report says that too many Granite Staters go to jail because they can't afford to pay court fines. We're looking at how this system works and whether it needs to change.

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The New Hampshire chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union released a report today that details the practice of judges jailing poor people who can’t afford to pay fines – a practice that’s illegal.

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Demanding trigger warnings? Canceling speakers? Shutting down comedians? College students today make the political correctness of the past seem tame. Today we’re asking: is oversensitivity ruining education? We’ll also look at the roots of extreme protectiveness in a nation where police officers are stationed at more and more high schools with a story about what happens when school discipline meets law enforcement. And, a job you may have thought was already obsolete – we’ll learn why the humble stenographer may be one of the most essential – and under-appreciated people in the courtroom. 

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