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Did Texas execute an innocent man?

September 5, 2019 by Leave your thoughts

On August 21, 2019 Larry Swearingen was executed by the Texas Department of Justice in Huntsville, Texas. Swearingen was convicted of the 1998 murder of 19-year-old Melissa Trotter and sentenced to death in 2000. Despite his relentless claims of innocence and at least 5 defense experts who testified that Swearingen couldn’t have been the killer because he was in jail on...

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Facebook Post can Land You in Jail

A Facebook post can land you in jail!

February 27, 2015 by Leave your thoughts

State v Craig is an interesting case that gives some insight into how New Hampshire courts will view posts on social media, such as Facebook, that are directed to someone who has a restraining order against the person making the post. The case centers around a waitress who got a restraining order against Craig, a man who started coming into...

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Illegal search of a pill bottle

January 30, 2015 by Leave your thoughts

In State v. Broadus, the NH Supreme Court reversed and remanded two felony-level possession of drug convictions because the search was illegal. Ms. Broadus was the passenger in a car that was stopped by a state trooper on Route 101 because he saw the driver throw a lit cigarette out the window. Once the car was stopped the trooper had...

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Which household members are covered by your homeowner’s insurance?

December 22, 2014 by Leave your thoughts

In the case of Susan R. White v Vermont Mutual Insurance Company, the NH Supreme Court had occasion to comment on when an adult child could be considered a household resident entitling coverage under the parent’s insurance policy. Susan White held a homeowner’s insurance policy from Vermont Mutual. Ms. White owned a home in Moultonborough and a home in Florida....

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New Hampshire Supreme Court enforces Turkish custody order and requires American mother to return daughters to Turkish father

November 7, 2014 by Leave your thoughts

Linda Yaman, a U.S. Citizen,  met her Turkish husband, Ismail Yaman, in the United States and they had one daughter in this country before moving to Turkey and having a second daughter.  Linda became suspicious that Ismail was sexually abusing the girls and filed for divorce in Turkey.  After conducting a review, the Turkish courts rejected the abuse claims and...

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Hiring your own lawyer does not prevent you from getting Court funds for your defense

July 25, 2014 by Leave your thoughts

In the case of State v Brouillette the New Hampshire Supreme Court held that hiring a lawyer does not prevent an indigent defendant from obtaining State funds that are necessary to prepare her defense. Heidi Brouillette was charged with burglary, second degree assault and criminal mischief. She was indigent and initially requested court appointed counsel so a public defender was...

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Prosecutors must bring all the charges they can

June 23, 2014 by Leave your thoughts

In the recently decided case of State v Locke the New Hampshire Supreme Court reversed Jamie Locke’s second-degree assault conviction. This case is significant because, for the first time, the Court adopted what’s known as a compulsory joinder rule for New Hampshire prosecutors.  This means that a prosecutor must bring all the charges he or she is going to bring...

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A stop for a faulty tail light that went too far

April 23, 2014 by 3 Comments

In State v Hillman Blesdell-Moore the NH Supreme Court ruled that Mr. Blesdell-Moore’s conviction for possession of marijuana and psilocybin mushrooms with the intent to distribute must be reversed. The Court reversed the decision of the trial court (Vaughn, J.) who ruled the search that ultimately lead to discovery of the drugs was constitutional. Blesdell-Moore was pulled over by Officer...

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