The amount of money awarded in the constitutional cases in New Hampshire that I have found varies depending on the case and the court. Here are some examples:
- In Parental Rights Project v. Sununu, the New Hampshire Supreme Court ordered the state to pay $15,000 to each of the four indigent parents who were jailed without counsel in child support contempt proceedings, for a total of $60,000.
- In Beaulieu v. State of New Hampshire, the New Hampshire Superior Court ordered the state to pay $275,000 to the man who was detained in a county jail for over five months without a probable cause hearing.
- In Seacoast Newspapers, Inc. v. City of Portsmouth, the New Hampshire Supreme Court ordered the state to pay $57,000 to the woman who was denied access to public records related to a police misconduct investigation.
- In New Hampshire Right to Life v. Gardner, the New Hampshire Supreme Court did not specify the amount of money awarded to the pro-life organization that sued the secretary of state and attorney general for denying access to public records related to a federal grant awarded to Planned Parenthood of Northern New England. However, the court stated that the plaintiffs were entitled to recover their reasonable attorney’s fees and costs from the defendants.
According to the web search results, there are some additional constitutional cases in New Hampshire that you may find relevant. Here are some examples:
- Cox v. New Hampshire: This case involved a challenge to a state law that required a permit for parades or processions on public streets. The plaintiffs, members of the Jehovah’s Witnesses, were convicted of violating the law for conducting an unlicensed religious march. The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the conviction, ruling that the law did not violate the freedom of speech or assembly under the First Amendment or Part I, Article 22 of the New Hampshire Constitution. The court reasoned that the law was a reasonable regulation of the time, place, and manner of public expression1.
- Opinion of the Justices: This case involved a request by the governor and executive council for an advisory opinion from the New Hampshire Supreme Court on the constitutionality of a proposed bill that would allow same-sex marriage in the state. The court issued an opinion stating that the bill was constitutional and did not violate any provision of the state or federal constitution. The court also stated that the bill would not affect the validity of existing marriages or civil unions between opposite-sex or same-sex couples2.
- New Hampshire Right to Life v. Gardner: This case involved a lawsuit by a pro-life organization against the secretary of state and attorney general for denying access to public records related to a federal grant awarded to Planned Parenthood of Northern New England. The plaintiffs claimed that the denial violated their right to know under Part I, Article 8 of the New Hampshire Constitution and the state’s Right-to-Know Law. The New Hampshire Supreme Court ruled in favor of the plaintiffs, holding that the records were subject to disclosure and that the defendants failed to show any exemption or privilege that would justify withholding them3.
These are just some of the additional constitutional cases in New Hampshire. There may be more cases that are not listed in the web search results or that are still pending in the courts. I hope this answer provides more information about the constitutional issues and developments in New Hampshire. 😊
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