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MacDonald Says Constitution Applies in State of Emergency

On Friday, former Attorney General Gordon MacDonald was confirmed as Chief Justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court—the state’s highest judicial office. Thanks to the incisive questioning of Councilor Dave Wheeler during Thursday’s hearing, the confirmation came after MacDonald stated that constitutional rights are not suspended in periods of emergency.  Before casting his vote on Friday, Wheeler explained that MacDonald’s statements on the Constitution …

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Why do Sununu and MacDonald Need to Suspend Constitutional Rights?

The following article was originally posted in the NH Journal, January 14, 2021 At least on paper, Governor Chris Sununu is currently one of the most powerful executives in the United States. In litigation against the Governor’s COVID-19 orders, the New Hampshire Attorney General’s office has successfully argued that—in a time of emergency—Sununu has the power to suspend civil liberties, including fundamental constitutional rights. …

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Stand Up Now for Your New Hampshire Supreme Court

UPDATE: JULY 10, 2019 Mr. MacDonald’s nomination was defeated by the Executive Council on July 10 on a 2-3 party-line vote. Governor Sununu has nominated Attorney General Gordon MacDonald to be Chief Justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court. The Executive Council could vote on that nomination as soon as this Wednesday, July 10. While Cornerstone has made no endorsement of the nomination, we …

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