Embattled County Attorney Reams contests sealed report
Suspended Rockingham County Attorney James Reams is continuing his legal battle to be re-instated to his job, and gain access to his office. ¬ JAMES A. KIMBLE/FILE PHOTO
The New Hampshire Union Leader reported last Tuesday that investigators are scrutinizing a forfeiture account that Reams once controlled and looking into his alleged lewd behavior toward female employees.
Reams’ lawyer Michael Ramsdell argued in court motion filed Tuesday that Foster has no authority to submit the report exclusively to Judge Richard McNamara.
“County Attorney Reams has not seen the Interim Status Report because the Attorney General apparently believes he, not this court, is empowered to determine what information the court should review (privately),” Ramsdell said in the motion.
“We have an ongoing criminal investigation and personnel investigation,” Young said. “We want to make sure we are doing this investigation unfettered.”
Young said the state made a similar argument before McNamara last week when they argued against sharing evidence with Reams’ attorney.
Ramsdell has argued that Foster overstepped his legal bounds by suspending Reams, who has been elected to office eight consecutive times since 1998. Ramsdell made similar claims with the Attorney General’s decision to seal the report and keep it out of Reams’ reach.“The Attorney General did not seek the court’s approval to seal the report,” Ramsdell said in the motion.”Instead, he merely submitted it to the court under seal, presuming he had a right to do so.”Ramsdell is asking McNamara to either unseal the report, or have it stricken from the state’s argument.
McNamara is expected to hear legal arguments and possibly other evidence before deciding whether Reams has any legal justification for upending his suspension.
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