For Immediate Release
July 18, 2008
Senior Assistant Attorney General Jane E. Young
New Hampshire Attorney General Kelly A. Ayotte announces that Timothy S. Keddie, 50 years of age, of Litchfield, New Hampshire was indicted on July 15, 2008, by the Grand Jury sitting in Hillsborough County Southern District Grand Jury for Harm or Threats to Certain Government Officials. Keddie was arrested on June 27, 2008, by members of the Litchfield Police Department for failing to appear in the Nashua District Court. Associate Justice Bamberger of the Nashua District Court issued an arrest warrant for his failure to appear. During his booking at the Litchfield Police Department, Keddie looked at the order of arrest signed by Judge Bamberger, and then stated that he was going to rape the wife and children of Judge Bamberger.
Under New Hampshire RSA 631:4-a, II, a person is guilty of a Class B Felony if he threatens to commit any crime against a member of the judiciary or a member of their immediate family for the purpose of influencing such official's action or in retaliation for action taken as part of an official's government duties. The statute also provides that all violations shall be prosecuted by the Office of the Attorney General.
Attorney General Kelly A. Ayotte stated, "Crimes against the judiciary will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Government officials, including judges, must be allowed to make decisions based on what is just without being intimidated and without retaliation."
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