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June 4, 2014

Reams faces allegations involving officer

Allegations focus on state's Laurie List

BRENTWOOD — Rockingham County Attorney James Reams faces new allegations as he seeks to clear his name in the wake of an attempt to permanently remove him from office.

Reams, investigated for sexual harassing female employees, is now accused by the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office of removing the name of former Salem police Officer Eric Lamb from the state’s Laurie List.

The list, maintained by each county attorney in the state, includes the names of law enforcement officers with credibility concerns.

Those officers could jeopardize a criminal case if asked to testify in court, according to Senior Assistant Attorney General James Boffetti.

Boffetti, who served as interim county attorney during Reams’ six-month suspension that ended in May, confirmed yesterday that Lamb’s name was recently returned to the list after being “erroneously” listed as cleared.

“There is a new issue that’s been raised that Mr. Reams removed someone from the list that should still be on it,” Boffetti said.

An internal memo from Boffetti, dated May 1, asks county prosecutors to notify the Attorney General’s Office of any cases they have involving Lamb in which he was called to testify as a witness.

Lamb is the husband of Assistant County Attorney Patricia Conway, a longtime member of the office and a candidate to replace Reams as county attorney. Neither Conway nor Lamb could be reached yesterday for comment.

Boffetti declined to comment further, referring questions to Associate Attorney General Jane Young. She confirmed the new allegations against Reams, but said she could not comment specifically about Lamb or any officer on the Laurie List.

The officer’s name was redacted from a 29-page complaint released by the Attorney General’s Office yesterday.

Young also would not comment when asked if Conway is being investigated in connection with the case.

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