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October 31, 2013

Windham police chief violates gun law

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Dean disagreed.

“If I kill only two people and there are 1,400 people in my class,” that’s OK?” she said. “What they are trying to do is make it difficult for my client.”

Campbell also asked that Dean not be allowed to represent Popvici-Muller because she is a material witness in the case.

Dean, well known throughout New Hampshire as a firearms rights advocate, also represents The Gun Owners of New Hampshire.

Dean said she requested the reimbursement of legal costs and an injunction to ensure Windham police comply with the law. She also asked for the dates of when other Windham residents applied for gun permits and received responses from the police department. At least two others have challenged the police department in 10th Circuit Court in Salem.

Popvici-Muller’s case landed in Superior Court after it was dismissed without prejudice in Circuit Court on Oct. 2.

Much of the hearing yesterday focused on the dates when calls were placed between Popvici-Muller and Dean and the police department. Dean objected to Campbell’s request that her phone records be subpoenaed. The contentiousness of the hearing even surprised the judge.

“I thought this was going to be a very simple hearing,” McHugh said. “It turned out to be something more than that.”

Neither Lewis nor Popvici-Muller spoke during the hearing. Lewis declined to speak after the hearing.

“I can’t comment,” he said. “It is what it is.”

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