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Jun 8, 2016 2:52 PM

NH Supreme Court set to hear arguments in Right to Know case

The Associated Press

CONCORD (AP) — The New Hampshire Supreme Court is going to hear arguments in a case brought by a former deputy Rockingham County attorney seeking unredacted records on the removal of his county attorney.

The Portsmouth Herald reports Tom Reid is appealing a Merrimack County Superior Court ruling that denied the release of redacted investigatory information regarding former County Attorney Jim Reams.

The attorney general stripped Reams of his prosecutorial powers in 2013, amid an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment and mismanaging money. No charges were brought against him. A judge ordered Reams reinstated, but he resigned.

The debate playing out in the high court centers on whether personnel files are protected as private under the Right to Know law.

Reid claims that the majority of the investigatory reports are "100 percent blacked out."

Oral arguments are scheduled Thursday.

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