We hold no brief for Manchester resident Joshua Fields, a convicted felon who is considered by a judge to be a danger to the public. But that judge, Landya McCafferty of the U.S. District Court, still saw fit to grant the man early release from prison.

Her decision should cause officials of the U.S. federal prison system to do more than shrug their shoulders. In releasing Fields two years early, the judge was blowing the whistle on prison officials who had misclassified Fields as a sex offender. That is a term that is nearly as abhorrent to those behind prison walls as it is to the public.

The trouble is that it wasn’t true. But by being labeled as such, Fields was subjected to all manner of hell — including beatings. Even when he appeared before Judge McCafferty for his release, he sported a bloody eye, bruises, and a broken eye bone.

Prosecutors did not object to Fields’ release but neither they nor federal prison officials would answer our reporter’s questions on the matter, so we don’t know for certain whether anyone is investigating why someone in the system repeatedly told the judge that Fields had been properly classified.

The acting U.S. attorney for New Hampshire ought to be looking into the matter. Perhaps Judge McCafferty will find a means to encourage him to do so.

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Sunday, September 19, 2021

Some public positions once carried the title of PIO, for Press Information Officer. We get it that times change and job duties change with them. But we were still startled to read that the title for the job at the state Department of Corrections is now the director of “communications, market…

Friday, September 17, 2021

It’s too bad that Mr. “Nobody” from Keene has made that his legal name. If Joyce Craig of Manchester had it, the Tuesday mayoral contest could offer voters the choice of Rich Girard, Victoria Sullivan, or Nobody.

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

No one spoke more eloquently or passionately on the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks than did former President George W. Bush at the Shanksville, Pa., memorial service. These are excerpts from his remarks. -Editors

Sunday, September 12, 2021

We hold no brief for Manchester resident Joshua Fields, a convicted felon who is considered by a judge to be a danger to the public. But that judge, Landya McCafferty of the U.S. District Court, still saw fit to grant the man early release from prison.

Heroes are people who put their lives in peril in order to save others. We pause this weekend to remember the heroes of Sept. 11, 2001, along with all who perished.

Friday, September 10, 2021