State of New Hampshire secondary Archives: on Crime


Chris Sununu: Committed to bring greater accountability to our system

This budget continues the commitment I made to bring greater accountability to our system by funding the Public Integrity Unit within the Attorney General's Office. It's an independent, statewide office that reviews complaints of misconduct. It invests into our new programs in the Police Standards and Training Academy. And it creates a $1 million matching fund for local Law Enforcement Agencies to make the investments they desperately need, like body and dashboard cameras.
Source: 2021 State of the State Address: New Hampshire legislature Feb 11, 2021

Chris Sununu: Banned choke holds, require police misconduct reporting

Q: Restrict police use of force and increase public oversight?

Chris Sununu: Yes. Signed a "bill to ban police choke holds and require mandatory reporting of police misconduct." Formed commission to recommend police training reforms.

Dan Feltes: Yes. In State Senate passed bill that "bans choke holds by police and mandates police reporting of misconduct by other police." "We must do more including updating police standards and training with implicit bias training and de-escalation."

Source: CampusElect survey on 2020 New Hampshire Gubernatorial race Nov 3, 2020

Dan Feltes: Ban choke holds, improve training on bias and de-escalation

Q: Restrict police use of force and increase public oversight?

Dan Feltes: Yes. In State Senate passed bill that "bans choke holds by police and mandates police reporting of misconduct by other police." "We must do more including updating police standards and training with implicit bias training and de-escalation."

Chris Sununu: Yes. Signed a "bill to ban police choke holds and require mandatory reporting of police misconduct." Formed commission to recommend police training reforms.

Source: CampusElect survey on 2020 New Hampshire Gubernatorial race Nov 3, 2020

Corky Messner: We need law and order; get bad cops out of the system

Q: Restrict police use of force and increase public oversight?

Corky Messner: No. "We need law and order." Reform law enforcement "to the extent that bad cops are out of the system" and have "better training . to de-escalate problems."

Jeanne Shaheen: Yes. Ban choke holds; address police reform at its core; "compromise between people who want to totally redefine it and those who don't want to change it at all."

Source: CampusElect survey of 2020 New Hampshire Senate race Sep 30, 2020

Jeanne Shaheen: Ban choke holds; address police reform

Q: Restrict police use of force and increase public oversight?

Jeanne Shaheen: Yes. Ban choke holds; address police reform at its core; "compromise between people who want to totally redefine it and those who don't want to change it at all."

Corky Messner: No. "We need law and order." Reform law enforcement "to the extent that bad cops are out of the system" and have "better training to de-escalate problems."

Source: CampusElect survey of 2020 New Hampshire Senate race Sep 30, 2020

Corky Messner: Criminal investigation requested of Messner Foundation

A former chief justice of the Colorado Supreme Court has requested a criminal investigation into a charitable foundation run by Messner. The letter accuses Messner of running a fraudulent foundation purported to help low-income college students. It was spurred by a Washington Post article describing how the Foundation awarded just one scholarship in its first 10 years.

Messner's campaign says the scholarship program did not begin until 2016 and that a second student recently was awarded funds.

Source: National Public Radio on 2020 New Hampshire Senate race Aug 12, 2020

Corky Messner: Arrested for DUI in 1995, pled guilty to lesser charge

According to Colorado court documents, Messner was arrested on Oct. 28, 1995, on driving under the influence and reckless driving charges as well as a failure to drive within marked lanes violation in Boulder, CO. Messner later pleaded guilty to a lesser charge on June 18, 1996, received a 12-month suspended sentence and fines. Messner, in a statement, said the incident was a mistake but one he learned from.
Source: The Concord Patch on 2020 New Hampshire Senate race Jun 19, 2020

Dan Feltes: Enhanced penalties for prior DUI convictions

Feltes co-sponsored NH SB743: Relative to enhanced penalties based on prior convictions for driving under the influence of drugs or liquor.

In Committee (2/19/2020): Ought to Pass with Amendment 2020-0725s, Motion Adopted, Voice Vote; OT3rdg; 03/05/2020; Senate Journal 5 (on 3/5/2020)

Source: BillTrack50 on New Hampshire legislative voting records Feb 19, 2020

Chris Sununu: Supports capital punishment, to support crime victims

New Hampshire became the 21st state to ban capital punishment as the state Senate voted 16-8 to override the governor's veto of a death-penalty repeal. Sixteen votes in the 24-member chamber were required to override the veto.

Republican Gov. Chris Sununu, a staunch opponent of repeal, cited law enforcement and families of crime victims in his reaction to the override vote. "I am incredibly disappointed that the Senate chose to override my veto," the governor said in a statement. Death penalty opponents withstood a strong lobbying effort by Sununu and active members of law enforcement throughout the state. Sununu came within one vote of having his veto sustained in the House, which voted last week to override the veto, 247-123, just meeting the two-thirds requirement. Repeal of the death penalty was a major initiative for the Democratic leadership in House and Senate.

Source: Union Leader on 2020 New Hampshire gubernatorial race May 30, 2019

Kelly Ayotte: Supports capital punishment for police killers

New Hampshire became the 21st state to ban capital punishment as the state Senate voted 16-8 to override the governor's veto of a death-penalty repeal. 16 votes in the 24-member chamber were required to override the veto.

Governor Sununu came within one vote of having his veto sustained in the House, which voted last week to override the veto, 247-123, just meeting the 2/3 requirement.

Supporters of the death penalty focused most of their arguments on a call for justice in the 2006 murder of Manchester police Officer Michael Briggs by convicted felon Michael Addison, who is awaiting execution. Opponents of the repeal measure argued that Addison will escape execution, even though the bill states that the repeal is not retroactive.

Kelly Ayotte, former U.S. Senator and the attorney general who served as chief prosecutor in the Addison trial, expressed disappointment about the state Senate vote in a tweet: "Police killer Michael Addison is the happiest about their vote today."

Source: Manchester Union Leader on 2020 New Hampshire Senate race May 30, 2019

Andy Martin: Current crime system is ok, but open to improvements

America has a robust law enforcement capability, from small towns in New Hampshire to big cities away. It seems to me the current system is working rather well, but I would always be open to improvements and enhancements consistent with Fourth Amendment protections.
Source: WMUR.com on 2020 New Hampshire Senate race Nov 1, 2018

Chris Sununu: Expedite critical resources to combat crime

This morning, 18 respected members of New Hampshire's law enforcement community joined together in support of Chris Sununu for Governor. The coalition highlights Sununu's broad support from New Hampshire's public safety officials: "As New Hampshire faces a debilitating drug crisis, it has never been clearer the strong support we need from a governor who will work to expedite the critical resources that enable us to quickly and safely combat crime and reduce the scourge of drugs," said a police spokesperson. "As governor, Chris Sununu will make support for law enforcement one of his top priorities."

Chris Sununu said of the announcement, "In New Hampshire, we are proud to have one of the most effective and professional law enforcement communities in the country. Our officers work tirelessly to keep our families safe and to address some our state's most complex and dangerous issues. Support for law enforcement has never been more vital."

Source: Campaign press release on 2016 New Hampshire Governor race Aug 25, 2016

Bernie Sanders: Government should not be part of the death penalty

Q [to Clinton]: You said that capital punishment has a place in a very few federal cases?

CLINTON: I do reserve it for particularly heinous crimes, like terrorism. I thought it was appropriate after a very thorough trial that Timothy McVeigh received the death penalty for blowing up the Federal Building in Oklahoma City.

SANDERS: It's hard to imagine how people can bomb and kill 168 people in Oklahoma City, but this is what I believe: #1, too many innocent people, including minorities, African Americans, have been executed when they were not guilty. We have to be very careful about making sure about that. But #2, of course there are barbaric acts out there. But, in a world of so much violence and killing, I just don't believe that government itself should be part of the killing. So, when somebody commits any of these terrible crimes that we have seen, you lock them up, and you toss away the key. They're never going to get out. But, I just don't want to see government be part of killing.

Source: MSNBC Democratic primary debate in New Hampshire Feb 4, 2016

Bernie Sanders: Create criminal records for corrupt white collar criminals

CLINTON: I went to Wall Street before the crash. I was the one saying you're going to wreck the economy because of these shenanigans with mortgages. I called to end the carried interest loophole that hedge fund managers enjoy. I proposed changes in CEO compensation. I called for a consumer protection financial bureau. The best evidence that Wall Street knows where I stand is they are trying to beat me.

Q: Senator Sanders, you have been a critic of Secretary Clinton taking speaking fees and having donations from Wall Street. What about her defence?

SANDERS: Wall Street is perhaps the most powerful political force in this country. You have companies like Goldman Sachs, who paid a fine for $5 billion for defrauding investors. It was one of those companies whose illegal activity helped destroy our economy. Kid gets caught with marijuana, that kid has a police record. A Wall Street executive destroys the economy, no criminal record. That is what power is. That is what has to change.

Source: MSNBC Democratic primary debate in New Hampshire Feb 4, 2016

Hillary Clinton: Death penalty appropriate for Oklahoma City bombing

Q: You said that capital punishment has a place in a very few federal cases, but you also said you would breathe a sigh of relief if the Supreme Court abolished the death penalty nationwide.

CLINTON: What I hope the Supreme Court will do is make it absolutely clear that any state that continues capital punishment must meet the highest standards of evidentiary proof of effective assistance of counsel. I have much more confidence in the federal system, and I do reserve it for particularly heinous crimes in the federal system, like terrorism. I thought it was appropriate after a very thorough trial that Timothy McVeigh received the death penalty for blowing up the Federal Building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people, including 19 children in a daycare center.

SANDERS: When somebody commits any of these terrible crimes [like in Oklahoma City], you lock them up, and you toss away the key. They're never going to get out. But, I just don't want to see government be part of killing.

Source: MSNBC Democratic primary debate in New Hampshire Feb 4, 2016

John Lynch: Parole violators go to jail, for all released convicts

Gov. Lynch signed bill SB-500: AN ACT implementing changes in the probation, parole, and sentencing:Status: Passed by House & Senate; Governor signed into law.
Source: New Hampshire state legislature voting records: Bill SB-500 Apr 21, 2010

Maggie Hassan: Parole violators go to jail, for all released convicts

Hassan co-sponsored bill SB-500: AN ACT implementing changes in the probation, parole, and sentencing:Status: Passed by House & Senate; Governor signed into law.
Source: New Hampshire state legislature voting records: Bill SB-500 Apr 21, 2010

Jeanne Shaheen: Vetoed bill to abolish death penalty

New Hampshire's state Senate became the first in the nation to vote to abolish capital punishment since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976. The measure would replace the death penalty with a sentence of life without parole. Democratic Governor Jeanne Shaheen vetoed the bill the following day.

REP. JIM SPLAINE: My judgment is Governor Shaheen is a very good person. I still support her, despite her position on this issue. She did not really focus in on the arguments about the death penalty during 8 hours of public hearings in the House and 5 hours of public hearings in the State Senate. She was not able to work into her schedule attendance at either of those public hearings, except five minutes at one, where she came and briefly gave her comments against, and then she was out of there.

Source: Democracy Now on 2020 New Hampshire Senate race May 22, 2000

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