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Reams threatens to sue county commissioners
County Commissioner Kevin Coyle said on Friday that the commissioners received a letter from Reams' attorney Michael Ramsdell warning them about the potential lawsuit.
Reams was suspended from his prosecutorial duties on the night of Nov. 6 just hours before state and federal prosecutors announced they were investigating operational and management issues within his office.
State prosecutors have refused to divulge the nature of the investigation. County commissioners barred Reams from county premises, and put his deputy county attorney Tom Reid, and a victim witness advocate on paid administrative leave at the request of Attorney General Joe Foster and U.S. Attorney John Kacavas.
Reams said in an interview with the New Hampshire Union Leader last week that he was asked to step down from his elected post, which he has held since 1998.
Current and past employees of Reams' office have been interviewed as part of the investigation.
Reams was expected in Merrimack County Superior Court on Thursday as part of a court action he filed challenging Foster's authority to temporarily remove him from office.
Ramsdell requested a 14-day extension for the hearing late last week.
The request was approved by a judge. It also allowed state prosecutors to file their response in the case just three days prior to the hearing.
"It's an assertion of power that's unprecedented in this state," Reams said in the interview.
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