May 042010
 May 4, 2010  Posted by  Court

Elizabeth Dinan reports:

The public does not have a right to know details pertaining to a Feb. 5 crash involving a police cruiser driven by an on-duty police officer because of state law written to protect citizens’ private information, according to Senior Assistant Attorney General Mark Hodgdon.

The Assistant AG made that argument in Merrimack County Superior Court Monday in opposition to the Herald’s request for investigatory records related to a three-vehicle crash involving a Seabrook police cruiser. Through attorney Benjamin King, of the Concord law firm of Douglas, Leonard & Garvey, the Herald notified the court that it does not seek personal information related to the officer or any private citizens.

King told Judge Richard McNamara that the Supreme Court previously ruled in favor of releasing information about a police cruiser crash, that the state’s Driver Privacy Act does not apply in this instance and that shielding the information from the public is unconstitutional.

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