Rockingham County Attorney Reams' suspension affirmed
Judge Richard B. McNamara decided that Reams failed to show “that he will suffer irreparable harm as the result of his suspension” while the state attorney general and FBI continue their investigation into his office.
“There are currently requests and subpoenas out for additional documentary evidence from various companies,” McNamara said in the order. “In addition, a forensic accountant has been hired to review the federally funded program account and to organize and analyze all of the information obtained from the Rockingham County Attorney’s Office.”
If Reams was allowed to act as county attorney during the investigation, “the average citizen would wonder whether he was receiving the type of impartial justice that the Constitution requires,” McNamara said in a 16-page order.
He is contesting his suspension through a pair of lawsuits against the state Attorney General’s Office and Rockingham County Commissioners.
Hearings for both lawsuits are scheduled for Jan. 21 in Merrimack County Superior Court.
Reams continues to be paid his annual salary of $81,730 during his suspension, according to records and officials. His deputy, Tom Reid, and a victim witness advocate, Tara Longo, also remain on paid administrative leave.
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