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Dec 30, 2015 11:49 AM

Concord officers granted immunity in 2009 wrongful arrest

The Associated Press

CONCORD - The N.H. Supreme Court has granted immunity to two Concord police officers who wrongfully arrested a man in 2009 under a statute later deemed unconstitutional.

Officers Walter Carroll and Eric Pichler are now immune from all legal responsibility relating to John Farrelly's February 2009 arrest on harassment charges.

Farrelly was arrested after sending a series of aggressive emails to an ex-girlfriend. The officers apprehended Farrelly without a warrant because his last message had been sent within 12 hours, a law no longer on the books.

Currently officers are only allowed to arrest a suspect without a warrant if they pose a credible threat.

The court ruled that Carroll and Pichler are protected from all legal proceedings that do not include claims of malicious intent.

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