Aug 28, 2014
Aug 21, 2014
Aug 14, 2014
Jul 24, 2014
Former Epsom state rep makes variety of claims in court
It was the final hearing on many motions, most filed by Soltani, an attorney who is representing himself in a trial starting Feb. 11 on charges Soltani took it upon himself to try to catch a motorist fleeing at high speed from a traffic stop.
Soltani claims he was arrested by a "rogue" Epsom police officer he had complained about and says the charge was upgraded to a felony reckless conduct because of what he calls "prosecutorial vindictiveness."
Soltani, a former Epsom police officer himself, maintains he did the right thing. He said he saw the motorist flee, knocking back the officer who had stopped him, and says he believed he needed to make a citizen's arrest to prevent further harm.
Monday's motions hearing was to address a number of issues, including Soltani's allegations that police have been following and harassing him and his children, and that Valentine has been checking up on him.
Soltani, who is also the former town counsel for Epsom, dismissed Valentine's explanation that the county attorney's office keeps track of its defendants as a matter of policy.
He also argued his arrest was illegal because he was arrested by an Epsom officer in Chichester and it was not a fresh pursuit, but Valentine argued the officer had seen Soltani driving at high speed, "running people who were in traffic off the road."
Soltani argued that the initial citation for yellow line violation was escalated first because of the arresting officer's dislike of him and was elevated to a "creative" felony because he had made complaints to the Attorney General's office about the way some cases were handled by the Hillsborough County Attorney and Valentine himself.
He alleged the prosecutor has dragged his feet in providing discovery, while Valentine told the judge he has not received information from Soltani on the expert witnesses among the 29 witnesses Soltani has on his list for trial.
Soltani reserved his sharpest criticism for Valentine's words at his arraignment in Circuit Court-Concord District Division in May 2012.
"In open court during my arraignment you embarrassed me," said Soltani, who said it sounded to him as though Valentine was claiming he had drug and alcohol issues and shouldn't have weapons. "Those were shameful," said Soltani. "You humiliated me."
Valentine responded that he checked the typical boxes on the bail form. As for Soltani's complaint that Valentine sought five years of Soltani's medical records, Valentine contended that was only for the plea offer that included LADAC and mental health evaluations.
Soltani also said Valentine brought up the issue of an underage drinking party at Soltani's house, which Soltani says he knew nothing about.
He said he had gone down to the basement once, but only to tell the kids to lower the music. As for what those at the party said, after being held in police custody for hours, Soltani said: "I saw the report. It was pure fiction."
Soltani said to Valentine: "You lied to the judge. You told him I knew."
Judge McNamara then reminded Soltani: "I urged you in the strongest terms not to represent yourself."
Soltani responded he knows the saying about a lawyer who represents himself has a fool for a client. He said he would have someone else there, but he is representing himself.
The case is being prosecuted by the Hillsborough county attorney to avoid any possible conflict of interest.
READER COMMENTS: 0
- Authorities mum about reports of shooting in Manchester - 0
- Police say woman broke into Hollis home and took pictures - 0
- Addiction treatment doctor gets restricted license - 0
- Newmarket man charged with sex assault of 12-year-old girl - 0
- Wife charged with stabbing husband during argument - 0
- Imprisoned pair could add to their already lengthy sentences if found guilty of assault - 0
- Judge nixes house arrest for man convicted in Ponzi scheme - 0
- Raymond man faces possession of child porn charges - 0
- Man failed to note conviction on gun permit - 0
READER COMMENTS: 0
- NHIAA Boys' Soccer Preview: Talent to boot - 0
- Last call at home for Fisher Cats tonight - 0
- Jessica Goldman was on the move - 0
- Band camp gets Memorial musicians in rhythm a week early - 0
- Drew Cline: Small sleights of hand in Republican primaries around NH - 0
- Where is Shaheen? Hiding from you - 0
- Portman's good point: A leadership deficit all around - 0
- Scott and Genevieve Kelley - 0
- Dan Tuohy's Granite Status: Shaheen takes on illegal immigration - 0
Where is Shaheen? Hiding from you
Reports: Market Basket doomsday plan would shutter 61 of 71 stores if deal not struck soon
GOP for legal pot? Hemignway's high help
- Mass. Supreme Judicial Court has found upskirt photos taken on a subway aren't illegal. Should such voyeurism be a crime?
- Total Votes: 917