Today the New Hampshire Supreme Court will be hearing oral arguments in a case regarding release of the so called “Laurie List” or more formally the “Exculpatory Evidence Schedule.”

In short, this is a list of police officers who have some conduct that has raised credibility issues. The list is maintained by the New Hampshire Attorney General’s office so that criminal defendants in cases involving these cops can be properly notified of that fact in preparing their defense.

The plaintiffs in this case include a number of New Hampshire news outlets (including this newspaper) and the New Hampshire ACLU.

We have long argued that police officers are engaged in public work and information such as the names on the Laurie List should rightly be considered public information. A Superior Court judge generally agreed with that assessment but the Attorney General’s office has appealed to the Supreme Court. They argue that the list falls under the “personnel” file exemption to the Right-to-Know Law.

This is absurd, the list is not an individual officer’s personnel file but a list of individuals with issues significant enough that due process for defendants requires disclosure. Not knowing who these officers are, their alleged infractions, and where they may currently be working undermines the credibility of all the good, hard-working police officers in the state. Public trust in police is at a crucial juncture. Making this list public will help to rebuild faith from the distrust that secrecy has created.

Sunday, September 27, 2020
Friday, September 25, 2020

The Exeter Zoning Board of Adjustment made exactly the right call in its unanimous vote to allow the new owners of the former Ioka theater building to proceed with their project without keeping in place the theater marquee. Progress is not always perfect but those who oppose it need to be on…

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

We are thinking of establishing an award to duly recognize the most fantastic, over-the-top, errant nonsense uttered or issued in a New Hampshire political campaign. We know, that covers a lot of ground. We won’t test our readers’ memories on this. We will instead start from scratch: 2020 ca…

Sunday, September 20, 2020
Friday, September 18, 2020
Wednesday, September 16, 2020

A bit of good news amidst the ongoing worries over a pandemic, drought, and political tomfoolery came in our Monday business section report on a Mittersill ski project in Franconia Notch.

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Today the New Hampshire Supreme Court will be hearing oral arguments in a case regarding release of the so called “Laurie List” or more formally the “Exculpatory Evidence Schedule.”

Sunday, September 13, 2020

The news of the pending retirement of Catholic Medical Center’s Dr. Joseph Pepe is bittersweet. He richly deserves time to spend with his family and we wish him all the best, but his departure (next June) will be a big loss for CMC.

Friday, September 11, 2020

It has been 19 years since Sept. 11, 2001, seared into America’s soul a terrible reminder that eternal vigilance is the price of liberty. If the United States is to remain that land of liberty, it must always be on guard, in big ways and small, against those who would deny us our freedom.