20 March 2007

NH AG Kelly Ayotte gives careful consideration to Christopher King and KingCast on NHSBA First Amendment speech restrictions.

As noted in this morning's post, I was looking for a response, and I got one -- albeit far from declarative. Here's my letter, and here's the response (1/2) which centers more on the Right-to-Know Law than the First Amendment outright (1/2). Be that as it may, it is good to know that the office is
"....[G]iving careful consideration to whether this issue should be addressed in the next Right-to-Know law memorandum."

Obviously I believe it should be. Nashua City Attorney Stephen Bennett concurs, my former client Jerry Doyle is diggin' it, and Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz is ecstatic, but I have not yet heard back from Harvard grad Barack Obama as noted herein.


1 comment:

Christopher King said...

You read the Right-to-Know link -- authored by Attorney Ayotte -- and it is readily apparent that the NHSBA policy is inimical to it.

"For our government to remain of the people, by the people, and for the people, while protecting individuals' privacy, it is essential that the people have reasonable and open access to the information that will inform the people what their government is up to and how it is performing.

Government, therefore, should be open, accessible, accountable and responsive. To that end, the public's right of access to governmental proceedings and records shall not be unreasonably restricted.

An integral part of the constitutional right-to-know is the protection of the freedom of speech and press guaranteed by Part 1, article 22 of the New Hampshire Constitution:

Free speech and liberty of the press are essential to the security of freedom in a state: They ought, therefore, to be inviolably preserved."