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Aug 9, 2015 1:01 PM

Fate of jacket still uncertain, headed back to lower court

The Associated Press

CONCORD — The fate of a police jacket worn by a New Hampshire man found not guilty of impersonating an officer remains uncertain.

The New Hampshire Supreme Court on Friday said the Manchester police department met its burden of proving it is the rightful owner of a police jacket worn by Christopher Kean of Manchester when he was arrested in September 2012.

The jacket was seized as evidence.

After a judge acquitted him, Kean sought return of his jacket — a style not used by the department since 1999. A superior court judge ordered the jacket returned, minus a police patch still in use today.

Kean's lawyer said he appealed because he doesn't want the jacket to be damaged.

The Supreme Court on Friday sent the case back to the lower court for a new hearing.


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