Rockingham County Attorney Reams says AG has asked him to resign
Rockingham County Attorney Jim Reams takes notes at a Nov. 14 hearing at Merrimack County Superior in Concord. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)
"They're trying to force me to resign, so the lack of process has been stunning considering it's the Department of Justice," Reams said. "Right now, it's the Star Chamber."
Reams was suspended by Attorney General Joe Foster on Nov. 6 during a conference call with the attorney general and county commissioners.
State prosecutors have refused to divulge the details of the investigation, only saying it focuses on operational and management issues within the Rockingham County Attorney's Office.
Deputy County Attorney Tom Reid and a victim witness advocate were also placed on paid administrative leave by County Commissioners as a result of the investigation. Jim Boffetti, a state prosecutor, has been appointed as interim county attorney by a superior court judge.
"They haven't been very specific about that," Reams said. "If people are making statements against me, what are they? Let me defend myself and tell me."
"They're scared to death," Reams said, of the people he has contacted. "(They say) 'I've been told not to talk to anybody.'"
"He's been told not to talk to anybody and as the number-two person in the office, he's an extremely important witness on how the office is managed and operated," Reams said.
Today, his lawyer Michael Ramsdell plans to file a new lawsuit against the Rockingham County Commissioners for barring him from entering his office.
He said he recently made an offer to sit down with investigations soon after his suspension but received no response. Ramsdell received a call within the last four to five days by the Attorney General's Office, asking Reams to step down, according to Reams.
Reams said he expects the latest lawsuit to be filed in Merrimack County to avoid any conflict with local judges.
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