New Hampshire prosecutors are saying for the first time that their investigation into veteran Rockingham County attorney Jim Reams is criminal in nature.
Prosecutors are fighting Reams' motion to release details about the nature of the investigation and complaints they say have been filed against him.
The attorney general stripped Reams of his power to prosecute last month — at the outset of a joint state and federal investigation of his office.
Senior Assistant Attorney General Jane Young said her office has interviewed more than 40 witnesses and has hired an independent auditor.
Reams' lawyer maintains Reams needs to know details of the investigation to support their motion that the attorney general acted unlawfully.
Young said some of the state's witnesses are victims of Reams, but did not elaborate.