The Impeachment Trial of the New Hampshire Supreme Court Chief Justice

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The author was one of 22 New Hampshire State Senators who served as judges and jurors in the impeachment trial of New Hampshire Supreme Court Justice David Brock, in the year 2000. She has written this account to put the impeachment proceedings in a historical perspective, to seek out the truth and discover possible ways to avoid similar events in the future, and to express her own impressions of the event as well as the views of a wide variety...
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Overview

The author was one of 22 New Hampshire State Senators who served as judges and jurors in the impeachment trial of New Hampshire Supreme Court Justice David Brock, in the year 2000. She has written this account to put the impeachment proceedings in a historical perspective, to seek out the truth and discover possible ways to avoid similar events in the future, and to express her own impressions of the event as well as the views of a wide variety of other participants.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780970717214
  • Publisher: Lynxfield Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/1/2001
  • Pages: 368

Table of Contents

Storm Clouds Gathering Over the State House 1
It's About Recusal & Impartiality 3
The Snow Case 4
The Astles Case 5
The Zibel Memorandum 6
March 31 Attorney General's Report 7
Recuse = Disqualify 8
April 3 Press Conference by Judge Brock 11
House Record July 12, 2000 13
House Floor Debate 14
Rep. Henry Mock 14
Rep. Whithee 16
Rep. Craig 17
A Few Words About Ethics 18
The Four Articles of Impeachment--The Trial Begins 19
The Major Players 22
Time Line of Events 23
August 21 & 22 25
Day 1 September 18, 2000 29
Day 2 September 19, 2000 34
Eileen Fox 39
Howard Zibel 45
Day 3 September 20, 2000 50
Honorable Sherman Horton 56
Honorable John Timothy Broderick 63
Day 4 September 21, 2000 71
Steven Thayer III 75
Day 5 September 22, 2000 86
Professor Steven Lubet 95
Day 6 September 25, 2000 101
Honorable William R. Johnson 101
William Bartlett, Jr. 108
Honorable Douglas Gray 108
Day 7 September 26, 2000 112
Edward Dupont 112
Honorable Kenneth McHugh 114
Honorable Philip S. Hollman 117
Margaret Haskett 120
Raymond Taylor 120
Attorney Michael Callahan 124
Day 8 September 27, 2000 127
Attorney Michael Ramsdell 127
Howard J. Zibel 132
Honorable Philip P. Mangones 134
Day 9 September 28, 2000 136
David Peck 136
Attorney Ralph Ivan Lancaster, Jr. 138
Day 10 September 29, 2000 146
Attorney William C. Saturley 146
Donna Nadeau 150
Attorney Russell F. Hilliard 150
Honorable Edwin W. Kelly 153
Day 11 October 2, 2000 154
Honorable William F. Batchelder 154
Honorable David A. Brock 162
Day 12 October 3, 2000 168
Honorable David A. Brock, continued 168
Day 13 October 4, 2000 181
Honorable David A. Brock, continued 181
Attorney Peter F. Kearns 186
Attorney William E. Brennan 195
Day 14 October 5, 2000 199
Closing Argument by Mr. Steinfield 199
Closing Argument by Mr. Ross 208
Article I and Article IV by Mr. Ross 210
Closing Argument Mr. Madigan 214
Closing Rebuttal Argument Mr. Steinfield 222
Closing Argument House Manager Mock 225
Day 15 October 10, 2000 227
Statements by Senators (deliberations) 227
Vote on the four articles of impeachment 251
The Final Vote/Afterthoughts 251
Postscript 259
Appendix
1. Note from Howard Zibel to the Chief Justice on 02/14/00 265
2. Draft of the Zibel Memorandum reporting Justice Thayer's conduct 269
3. March 31, 2000 report from the Attorney General to the Governor, President of the Senate, and Speaker of the House 227
4. Text of Chief Justice Brock's Press Conference on April 4, 2001 305
5. HR 50--Authorizing the House Judiciary Committee to investigate whether cause existed for the impeachment of David A. Brock and/or any other justice of the NH Supreme Court 311
6. HR 51--House resolution recommending impeachment of Chief Justice Brock 315
7. June 15, 2000 letter from the author (Mary Brown) to the Senate President offering to recuse herself 319
8. August 30, 2000 response to the above letter 321
9. Map outlining the floor plan of the Supreme Court Building 325
10. November 19, 1987 letter to Senator Bartlett from Chief Justice Brock 327
11. January 12, 1988 letter to Senator Dupont from Chief Justice Brock 329
12. March 17, 1989 letter to Judge DiClerico from Chief Justice Brock initiating an investigation into the alleged comments made by Judge Gray in the Home Gas Case 331
13. April 3, 1989 letter to Judge DiClerico from Judge Gray 333
14. May 19, 1989 Memorandum of Chief Justice Brock regarding the Home Gas Case 337
15. May 23, 1989 Memorandum of Steve Thayer mentioning Home Gas investigation 341
16. May 24, 1989 letter to Judge DiClerico from Justice Batchelder 343
17. June 5, 1989 letter to Judge DiClerico from Judge McHugh 345
18. October 13, 1989 letter from the Supreme Court Justices to the Judicial Conduct Committee reporting their findings in the Judge Gray/Home Gas matter 351
19. February 17, 2000 report from the Supreme Court to the Judicial Conduct Committee reporting the Thayer incidents 357
20. April 4, 2000 copy of the new Supreme Court Recusal Policy 361
21. Copy of Chief Justice Brock's note to his attorney, Ralph Lancaster on April 23, 2000 367
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