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5:30 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Citing Lack Of Support, Broderick Steps Down From UNH Law Post

John Broderick at the Rudman Center in October 2014.
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The former New Hampshire state supreme court Chief Justice is stepping down from the UNH School of Law Warren B. Rudman Center.

John Broderick , who was Dean of the UNH Law School before he left that post to lead the Rudman Center last year, told NHPR that he and university administrators differed over the Rudman Center's future.

"I love the Rudman Center and what it stood for and its potential, and I can assure you I would never have left a job I love that much and a center that I helped found if I was getting support from the university," Broderick said. 

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7:44 am
Mon October 13, 2014

State Supreme Court Hears Cases At N.H. High Schools

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New Hampshire's Supreme Court will hear two cases at Salem High School as part of its "On the Road" series.

The justices will travel to the school Thursday to hear arguments in cases involving evidence obtained by police during a road-side search and a confession in a burglary case.

Attorney General Joseph Foster and Deputy Attorney General Ann Rice will visit the school Tuesday to brief students about the cases.

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NH News
8:07 am
Thu September 11, 2014

N.H. Supreme Court To Hear Case Of Man Who Shot Police Officer

The NH Supreme Court building in Concord
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The New Hampshire Supreme Court is set to hear arguments that a man convicted of attempted murder in the 2012 shooting of a Manchester police officer should get a new trial because release of his booking photo tainted eyewitness identifications.

Myles Webster of Litchfield is serving 60 years to life in prison in the shooting of Officer Dan Doherty on March 21, 2012, as Doherty closed in on him during a foot chase.

Doherty, who suffered at least seven gunshot wounds to his legs and torso, returned to work nearly a year later after multiple surgeries.

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NH News
12:15 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

N.H. Supreme Court Mandates New Sentencing Hearings For Four Underage Murderers

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The New Hampshire Supreme Court has ruled four men sentenced to life in prison for murders committed when they were minors should get new sentencing hearings. The decision retroactively applies a 2012 US Supreme Court ruling that deemed mandatory life-sentences for juveniles cruel and unusual punishment.

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NH News
4:35 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

In Wake Of 'COPSLIE' Ruling, DMV Temporarily Halts New Vanity Plates

The state’s Division of Motor Vehicles has temporarily stopped issuing new vanity license plates.

New ones won’t be issued until the DMV approves a new set of rules for determining which plates are inappropriate and are rejected.

The DMV was forced to come up with a new process after the state Supreme Court earlier this year sided with a man who wanted the vanity plate “COPSLIE.”

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NH News
11:38 am
Wed July 2, 2014

N.H. Supreme Court Sides With Disenfranchised Mom

The New Hampshire Supreme Court says the ex-partner of a 12-year-old's girl's mother has made her case to be considered a parent under the law.

The ruling could affect other unwed parents regardless of gender.

The case pitted Madelyn B.'s birth mother, Melissa, against her former partner, Susan. Because it's a custody case, no last names are used.

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10:05 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Should Old Sex Crimes Be Subject To New Offender Registration Rules? N.H. High Court To Decide

The New Hampshire Supreme Court will hear a challenge to the constitutionality of sex offender registry requirements for convicts whose crimes were committed before the legislature imposed more stringent rules.  Lawyers for "John Doe'' contend the registry requirements amount to new layers of punishment that weren't in place when Doe was convicted in 1987 of sexually assaulting his 14-year-old stepdaughter. The requirements have been overhauled numerous times since 1998.

NH News
1:52 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Sen. Ayotte Says She's Confident Supreme Court Will Uphold Death Sentence

New Hampshire U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte says she’s pleased with the state Supreme Court's ruling this week to uphold the conviction of Michael Addison

Addison was found guilty and sentenced to death for shooting and killing Manchester police officer Michael Briggs in 2006.

As attorney general, Kelly Ayotte was the lead prosecutor in the Addison case and she featured her role in her 2010 campaign for U.S. Senate.

Ayotte says she expects the court will uphold Addison’s death sentence.

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The Exchange
3:08 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

N.H.’s Supreme Court Ruling On The Michael Addison Case

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In a highly-watched decision yesterday, the justices upheld Addison’s conviction of “capital murder” for killing a police officer. But the court said at a later date would it rule on Addison’s death sentence itself. We’ll look at this decision and its possible ramifications.


  • John Greabe – professor at UNH School of Law, specializing in constitutional law
  • Josh Rogers - NHPR's senior political reporter


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NH News
2:44 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

State Supreme Court To Release Ruling Wednesday In Death Penalty Case

The state Supreme Court is set to release its ruling Wednesday in the case of Michael Addison, who was convicted and sentenced to death in 2008 for killing Manchester Police Officer Michael Briggs.

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NH News
3:11 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

N.H. Court Says Police Search Was Unconstitutional

The New Hampshire Supreme Court is reversing a drug conviction, saying Haverhill police went beyond the bounds of a search warrant to check for guns in a convicted felon's home.

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