Laurie list: The public has a right to know
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This week the Union Leader has joined with the American Civil Liberties Union — New Hampshire and five other media outlets in a court battle over the “Laurie List.” This list is a running tally of New Hampshire law enforcement officers who have been flagged for credibility problems. A heavily redacted list, a list with no names, has been released and shows everything from concerns over “Honesty” to “Egregious dereliction of duty” even “Truthfulness and Excessive use of force.”
The Attorney General’s office keeps this list and officially calls it the “Exculpatory Evidence Schedule.” What this means to John Q. Public is that the involvement of these officers in a criminal case needs to be disclosed to the defense attorneys in that case as the credibility problems of the officer may help the defense of their client. What this also means to John Q. Public is that there may be officers with minor or major credibility problems patrolling their town and being paid by their tax dollars. While the full list remains a closely guarded secret the citizens of New Hampshire will not know if one of these officers is in their town.