23 March 2009

NH AG Kelly Ayotte hates RSA 91A, free speech and the Right-to-Know. Ask John P. Brown, Jr., Ph.D

Remember I told y'all in this post that I had proof that the Right-to-Know Oversight Commission meeting was canceled. Well indeed it was, and you can read about the litany of other informational and Civil Rights failures of her administration in that post as well.

Here's what Dr. Brown says:

"RE: Kelly Ayotte, Against reappointment as Attorney General

Dear Governor Lynch:

I urge you to nominate someone other than Kelly Ayotte to serve the next full Attorney General term. Ms. Ayotte may well be an exceptionally competent staff attorney but she does not appear to have the requisite leadership or management skills to ensure integrity and compliance with law throughout the Justice Department. The still accumulating record indicates an abysmal failure of leadership on her part with respect to my own area of expertise.......

......During Ms. Ayotte’s watch, the Board [of Mental Health] became the only professional licensing board in this state to ever undergo a legislatively ordered performance audit. As a direct result of the audit’s critical findings, HB 420 was recently enacted into law to statutorily specify recusal and accountability requirements universally accepted elsewhere but long rejected by Board members and agents. An even stronger Board reform bill, HB 688, is presently being worked on in the House. The Board is also presently undergoing an audit-instigated, painfully overdue rewriting of its administrative rules. The Board’s massive violations of the right-to-know-law are awaiting litigation under circumstances almost certain to expose serious violations of public trust knowingly abetted by Justice Department attorneys. All of this can be traced to leadership failures that made integrity and impartial law enforcement optional within the Justice Department rather than accountably required.

On March 21, 2005 I personally wrote to Ms. Ayotte drawing her attention to the serious continuing problems at the interface of the Board and Justice Department. There was no response to this letter, not even perfunctory acknowledgment of its receipt. Since then her subordinates have continued to misleadingly resist essential legislative reforms, to repeatedly reject legitimate right-to-know requests, and to non-accountably shut down the Board’s disciplinary process rather than injecting impartiality and lawfulness into timely complaint resolutions."

KingCast: We're aware of other related complaints and will reveal those at a time appropriate.

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