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NHACLU asks county attorney to rethink Laurie List stance
In 1995, the state Supreme Court overturned the murder conviction of Carl Laurie because the Attorney General’s Office knew, but never told the defense, that a key police investigator who testified was known to be dishonest. The state’s so-called “Laurie list” comprises police officers with potential credibility issues.
“While your Office’s concern with expense is understandable, we strongly urge your Office to recognize the apparent failure for nearly thirty years to disclose potentially exculpatory evidence and focus your energies on how this injustice can be corrected,” Gilles Bisonnette, an NHCLU attorney wrote to LaFrance in a Dec. 20 letter.
“Respectfully, your Office does not get to choose, on its own, whether this information is material. That decision rests with the defendants themselves, defense counsel, and ultimately the court,” Bisonnette wrote.
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