Manchester public defender Dorothy Graham, whom Hassan nominated to the Superior Court, has twice attempted to reduce the sentences of child rapists on technicalities and, in one case, a “clerical error.” She took those cases all the way to the New Hampshire Supreme Court with mixed success. . . .
Graham’s history of defending child rapists caught the attention of Executive Council Republican member David Wheeler, one of five councilors responsible for approving judicial nominations. While he said he is sympathetic to the necessity of public defenders and that they do not get to pick and choose their clients, he saw Graham’s pursuit of dismissals over “technicalities” as “disturbing.
“This is something that is very disturbing information and we need to look into it a bit further. The way I understand the facts is that this appeal was more of a minor technicality. If I was a defense attorney, my conscience wouldn’t be able to handle that,” Wheeler told the Washington Free Beacon. “The difference on [Graham’s] case is whether the defendant’s rights were violated in a serious way or whether it was really her trying to get a guilty person out of a penalty for his heinous crime.”