NH Supreme Court refuses to expedite appeal in Rockingham County Attorney lawsuit
The New Hampshire Supreme Court decided to hold off on the Rockingham County Attorney lawsuit that cleared the way for his return to office. (JAMES A. KIMBLE/Union Leader File)
"I am sure we will be back in court next week arguing about that," Reams said on Thursday.
Reams said that his lawyer, Michael Ramsdell, is prepared to argue that Thursday's decision lifts a superior court order that essentially keeps Reams from returning to office until at least May 11.
Superior Court Judge Richard McNamara ruled on April 10 that the state could no longer keep Reams suspended from his job because no criminal charges were brought against him following a five-month investigation into his office.
Associate Attorney General Jane Young said on Thursday that the Supreme Court has essentially invited McNamara to reconsider whether to keep Reams out of his job through a court-ordered stay while the state seeks his removal.
Thursday's decision may ultimately put emphasis back on the removal complaint filed against Reams in Merrimack County Superior Court. Last Friday, state prosecutors asked McNamara to amend the removal complaint so that they could seek an injunction against Reams to bar him from returning to office.
Reams and Ramsdell have balked at that claim, calling it "unfounded" and "scandalous."
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