Sex Abuse Conference Roils N.H. Political Scene

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A two-day conference on sexual and domestic violence last month in New Hampshire drew leaders from across the state’s establishment. But the gathering has led to major embarrassment for two prominent legal figures — a judge and the state attorney general — now under fire for alleged inappropriate conduct in the hotel lounge, reports the Boston Globe.

Peter W. Heed, a rising political star known for an agile mind and gregarious personality, resigned as attorney general Tuesday in the wake of the allegations. New Hampshire media reports indicate he engaged in dirty dancing at the hotel. His resignation followed the suspension last month of District Court Judge Franklin C. Jones of Rochester, N.H., who was accused of groping several women. Heed’s resignation stunned the political world in Concord, prompting friends to wonder whether Heed’s outgoing nature had been misinterpreted on the dance floor.

Link: http://www.boston.com/news/local/new_hampshire/articles/2004/06/17/departing_ag_was_a_rising_star/

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