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NH News
7:17 am
Thu March 12, 2015

Report: Rockingham County Attorney Could Face Whistleblower's Lawsuit

Patricia Conway

Rockingham County Attorney Patricia Conway is facing a potential whistleblower’s lawsuit over her firing of a key witness in a state misconduct investigation.

The New Hampshire Union Leader reports county commissioners have received an offer to settle the matter financially instead of defending themselves from a lawsuit.

Conway insists her firing of assistant county attorney Jerome Blanchard just hours after being sworn into office was not payback.

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2:07 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

House Backs Bill Ending Incentives For Liquor Violation Prosecutions

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  The NH House is backing a bill that seeks to remove a potential financial incentive for county prosecutors who pursue liquor law violations.

The bill is fallout from mismanagement in the office of former Rockingham County Attorney, Jim Reams. Among other things, the state accused Reams of misusing fees his office collected while prosecuting liquor violations. Reams said current law allowed him to collect and spend the liquor fines.

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NH News
4:55 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

Fired Rockingham Whistleblower Joins Exeter Defense Firm

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  Former Rockingham County prosecutor Jerome Blanchard begins work Monday as a criminal defense attorney with Russman Law in Exeter.

Blanchard was a primary whistleblower in the state’s investigation into former Rockingham County Attorney Jim Reams. Blanchard was later fired by Patricia Conway, a longtime prosecutor in Reams’ office who was elected County Attorney in November.

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NH News
3:22 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Boffetti Returns To Reams' Vacated Office As Interim County Attorney

Jim Boffetti  from the state’s Attorney General’s office has stepped back into the role of interim Rockingham County Attorney for the second time in a year.

When the Attorney General’s office suspended Rockingham county attorney Jim Reams last November, Boffetti stepped in on an interim basis.  And now about a month after returning to his old job running the Consumer Protection and Antitrust Bureau, Boffetti is back in Reams’ vacated office.

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3:36 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Rockingham County Prosecutor Charged With Drug Possession

New Hampshire officials say they have charged a Rockingham County prosecutor with drug possession.

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NH News
5:38 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Reams Resigns Two Months After Winning His Job Back

  Two months after successfully fighting to get his job back, Rockingham County Attorney Jim Reams has resigned.

Attorney general Joe Foster removed Reams from office in November with allegations of gender discrimination, financial mismanagement, and ethical violations.

But a Superior court judge reinstated Reams in April on a technicality. State and county officials still pursued an appeal to remove Reams.

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NH News
9:16 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Rockingham County Attorney Faces New Allegation

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A New Hampshire county attorney who was suspended for five months as the attorney general's office investigated him on misconduct allegations is facing a new accusation.

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NH News
4:18 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Suspended County Attorney Returns To Work

Credit Rockingham County Attorney's office


Suspended Rockingham County Attorney Jim Reams will return to office on Wednesday, but his authority to make personnel decision will be limited.

Lawyers for Attorney General Joe Foster and Attorney Reams together crafted the agreement that allows the Reams to return to work. 

Foster suspended Reams from his elected post in November and opened an investigation. In March, the investigation concluded with allegations of sexual harassment, gender discrimination and misuse of public money. No criminal charges were made.

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NH News
4:40 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Supreme Court Says Reams Can Return To Work

Earlier this month, Attorney Ramsdell argued on behalf of Suspended Rockingham County Attorney, Jim Reams at the Merrimack Superior Courthouse.
Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR

The New Hampshire Supreme Court ruled Thursday that suspended Rockingham County Attorney Jim Reams can return to office while the Attorney General appeals a lower court's finding that the suspension was unlawful. 

The Supreme Court denied the AG's request for a stay that would have kept Reams out of office until the appeal is argued.

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NH News
8:55 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Attorney General Appeals To Supreme Court To Keep Reams Off The Job

Credit Rockingham County Attorney's office

New Hampshire Attorney General Joe Foster has appealed to the state Supreme Court that he in fact had the authority to strip suspended Rockingham County Attorney Jim Reams of his prosecutorial authority.

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10:19 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Document: Superior Court Judge McNamara's Decision On Reams v. Foster

Rockingham County Attorney James Reams filed a petition challenging his suspension by Attorney General Joseph A. Foster. Reams alleged his November 6, 2013 suspension was illegal and sought that the court order his reinstatement. A judge reinstated Reams on Thursday, April 10.

Read the full text here:

Reams v Foster, Et Al. Order 4/10/14

NH News
5:52 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Judge Reinstates Suspended Rockingham County Attorney Jim Reams

Attorney Michael Ramsdell argues on Monday before Judge McNamara (not pictured). Formerly suspended Rockingham County Attorney Jim Reams takes notes (right).
Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR

A New Hampshire judge has ruled that the continued suspension of Rockingham County attorney Jim Reams is illegal, and ordered his reinstatement.

Attorney General Joseph Foster suspended Reams’ power to prosecute in November, as the AG investigated allegations of sexual harassment and financial mismanagement.

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NH News
8:02 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Suspended County Attorney Turns To Court For Reinstatement

Credit www.rocka.net / Rockingham County Attorney's Office

A New Hampshire county attorney suspended since November is returning to court to ask for his job back.

Rockingham County Attorney Jim Reams cites the Attorney General's statement last month that no criminal charges would be filed against him.

Attorney General Joseph Foster suspended Reams' power to prosecute Nov. 6 due to an investigation into alleged sexual harassment and financial mismanagement.

A Merrimack County Superior Court judge last week denied Reams' request for access to financial documents and a list of witnesses investigators interviewed.

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NH News
1:44 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

AG's Office Outlines Pattern Of Harassment and Misused Funds In Complaint Against Reams

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The Attorney General's office has released its complaint for the removal of Rockingham County Attorney Jim Reams.  

Citing interviews with former employees of the Rockingham County Attorney's Office, the 25-page redacted complaint alleges numerous cases of sexual harassment, pregnancy discrimination, retaliation and misuse of county funds dating back 14 years. 

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NH News
3:21 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Suspended Rockingham County Attorney Will Not Run Again

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Suspended Rockingham County Attorney Jim Reams says he will not run for re-election this year.

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NH News
6:01 am
Sat January 18, 2014

Two Rockingham County Attorney's Office Employees Resign

Tom Reid, a deputy to suspended Rockingham County Attorney Jim Reams, has resigned. Authorities suspended Reams and Reid in November, at the outset of a state and federal investigation into office operations and management.

Attorney General Joe Foster said Reid submitted his resignation Friday, several days after a third employee who had been placed on administrative leave resigned her position.

In a statement, Foster noted the deputy county attorney was not the target of the criminal investigation, and that there was no evidence he had engaged in criminal wrongdoing.

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NH News
3:48 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

N.H. Prosecutors: Investigation Into County Attorney Is Criminal

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.

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NH News
5:19 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Reams Will Get Chance To Fight Suspension Next Month

Rockingham county attorney Jim Reams arrived in court ready to fight challenge his suspension. But Judge Richard McNamara said such arguments would have to wait for another day.

McNamara told Reams' lawyer he’d need to file a motion for declaratory judgment to challenge Attorney General Joe Fosters power to suspend him.

Outside the court room, Reams’ lawyer, Michael Ramsdell, told reporters the state has yet to supply sufficient grounds to strip an elected official of his authority.

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