Rockingham County attorney to argue for reinstatement

Thursday, November 14, 2013

CONCORD (AP) - A New Hampshire county attorney who was stripped of his authority to prosecute and ordered out of his office will argue in court to get his job back.

Suspended Rockingham County Attorney Jim Reams is headed to Merrimack Superior Court to challenge the constitutionality of Attorney General Joseph Foster's actions last week to strip him of his power and office. State and federal officials are investigating Reams but have not said why.

Reams will be challenging the court order removing the title he has held since 1998 and appointing an interim county attorney.

Attorney Michael Ramsdell, who represents Reams, said the only other time a county attorney was removed from office was in 1975 and only after criminal charges were filed.

Ramdsell says Reams is being paid during his suspension.


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