Windham Police: No Current Officers on 'Credibility Problems' List

Seacoast Online reported the news today.

UPDATE (1:16 p.m.): Windham Police Chief Gerald Lewis confirmed today that the Windham officer reportedly on the state's Laurie List left the department.

Lewis said that the officer has not been employed by the department for a number of years.

A similar statement was released by the Exeter Police Department today, saying that an Exeter officer referenced as being on the list also left that department in 2004.

An Earlier Story Follows:

Seacoast Online reported today that at least one member of the Windham Police Department is on a list of names citing officers with credibility issues if they were called to testify in court.

The "Laurie List" is named after a 1993 New Hampshire case involving Carl Laurie, whose first-degree murder conviction was overturned because state prosecutors didn't disclose that a police detective's personnel file showed potential credibility problems that could have comprised his integrity while testifying, according to the Union Leader.

Judges can order officers on the list to disclose the reasons for their supposed credibility problems if they testify at trials.

According to the Seacoast Online report, 20 police officers are on the list from Rockingham County from the following towns – Portsmouth, Exeter, Hampton Falls, Salem, Kensington, Hampstead, Windham, Kingston, Fremont, Plaistow, Derry, Nottingham, Newton and Sandown.

Rockingham County Attorney Jim Reams told SeacoastOnline.com that officers are added to the list by their respective police chiefs for violations like lying and fudging time cards.

Gerald Lewis December 10, 2012 at 06:19 PM
Mr. Ryan, I can confirm for you that no currently employed Windham police officer is on the Laurie List. The Windham officer referred to in your story has not been employed by the Windham Police Department for a number of years. Chief Lewis Windham Police Department
Michael Ryan December 10, 2012 at 06:22 PM
Hi Chief, just updated above.
Rusty December 10, 2012 at 10:06 PM
If former Rep.Brandon Giuda wants to sponsor and support a bill that "outs" bad cops he should at least make sure the list he is referring to is current.
Kevin Bueller December 11, 2012 at 06:08 AM
Well researched article


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