Interim county attorney's first task is reassigning suspended prosecutor's cases
Jim Boffetti, interim Rockingham County attorney, at a press conference announcing his appointment (JAMES A. KIMBLE)
Reid was placed on paid administrative leave in the wake of his boss, James Reams, being suspended by Attorney General Joe Foster amid an investigation into the county attorney's office.
Boffetti, who is not part of the investigation, said he is reassigning about a dozen cases handled by Reid to other lawyers in the office.
Boffetti said while the number of cases Reid handled was small, they are significant, sometimes large in scope.
Boffetti said he has no idea how long he will remain in the interim county attorney role. "I serve at the pleasure of the attorney general. I will do this as long as needed."
He was appointed last Wednesday by order of Merrimack Superior Court Judge Richard McNamara just hours before Foster and U.S. Attorney John Kacavas announced the joint state and federal probe into the county attorney's office.
Shortly after joining the Attorney General's Office, he prosecuted homicide cases. He spent seven weeks prosecuting the insanity trial of Sheila LaBarre, who was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder in June 2008 for killing two boyfriends at her husband's Epping farmhouse.
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