New HampshireDepartment of JusticeOffice of the Attorney General

News Release

For Immediate Release
December 7, 2023

Michael S. Garrity, Director of Communications | (603) 931-9375

Newspaper Publisher Debra Paul Found Guilty of Election Law Violations

Concord, NH – Attorney General John M. Formella announces that Debra Paul, age 64, of Londonderry, New Hampshire, has been found guilty of five class A misdemeanor counts of Identification of Political Advertising contrary to RSA 664:16. Ms. Paul was acquitted of one class A misdemeanor brought under the same statute. The verdict was returned by the Derry District Court following a bench trial on November 22, 2023.

The State charged Ms. Paul with six misdemeanor counts of identification of political advertising based on Ms. Paul publishing political advertisements in the Londonderry Times that did not comply with RSA 664:16’s political advertising disclaimer requirements. The New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office had warned Ms. Paul in 2019 and 2021 regarding her violations of RSA 664:16 and its requirements.

Sentencing is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on December 20, 2023, at the Derry District Court.

This case was prosecuted by Senior Assistant Attorney General Myles Matteson, Assistant Attorney General Matthew Conley, and Investigator Daniel J. Mederos.

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