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NH ACLU - Public Employee Free Speech Rights Violated

As reported in the Concord Monitor today, the NH ACLU has issued a press release criticizing Plymouth State University and Newfound Regional High School for punishing public employees that supported a professional colleague in a criminal sentencing h… Read More
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NH Supreme Court Argument Makes Front Page

On June 27, an oral argument in one of our appeals received widespread coverage in the news – front page of the Concord Monitor, Union Leader, and WMUR.  The Oral Argument and Lower Court Ruling In an oral argument before all five Justices of… Read More
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4th Amendment Protects Unauthorized Driver of Rental Car

On May 14, 2018, the United States Supreme Court unanimously held that the 4th Amendment right against unreasonable searches and seizures protects the driver of a rental car, even if the driver was not listed as an authorized driver on the rental agr… Read More
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Marijuana Decriminalization- Saving Taxpayer $$, Better Government

The NHPR Story According to this news story from New Hampshire Public Radio, marijuana decriminalization has helped the State Forensic Laboratory massively cut its backlog on testing of seized substances from controlled drug arrests. That is good ne… Read More
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NH House Committee Vote: Ban DUI Roadblocks

Committee: Ban Roadblocks A NH House Committee voted 12-8 in favor of recommending passage of a Bill that would ban all so-called “DWI Checkpoints” – also known as DUI Roadblocks — in New Hampshire. Inefficient and Costly Cove… Read More
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1st Circuit Reverses Felony Convictions - Ineffective Assistance of Counsel

Overview – Important Federal Circuit Decision On January 9, 2018, the 1st Circuit issued an important decision for the criminal justice system, and for Eber Rivera, who may have been wrongfully convicted of Armed Assault with Intent to Murder a… Read More
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NH Bar's Premiere DWI Litigation Seminar: Today

Today, Ted Lothstein will be the chairperson and a lecturer at a seminar presented by the Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Committee of the New Hampshire Bar Association. The program is entitled: “Drunk Driving and Drugged Driving Litigation.&#… Read More
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Dept of Education Rescinds College Sexual Assault Regulations

The US Department of Education, led by Betsy Devos, announced today that it has reversed Obama-era directives regarding college campus sexual assault investigations. The Department of Education issued new temporary rules that allow and encourage, but… Read More
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Categories: Criminal Defense

DWI Roadblock Announced for Bow, NH

Yet Another DWI Roadblock The NH State Police have announced a so-called “DWI Checkpoint” for “the week of September 10, 2017.” Most of the time, the announcement of a DWI checkpoint during a week that begins with a Sunday, tu… Read More
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Categories: DWI News, Uncategorized

Rogue Cop-Bully in Utah Makes National Headlines

There is a rarely-used doctrine in constitutional law that says that a police officer violates a person’s constitutional rights if the officer’s conduct “shocks the conscience.” In other words, does something really, really ba… Read More
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