, Newburyport, MA


November 12, 2013

Our view: Public owed explanation of county attorney probe


Foster described the allegations as “significant.” The involvement of the FBI and the U.S. attorney suggests the allegations involve federal law.

Reams, 66, was elected county attorney in 1998. The Hampton resident and Navy veteran was a private attorney in Hampton and Exeter for 20 years.

Reid, a 16-year veteran of the county attorney’s office, often prosecutes the department’s high-profile cases.

Meanwhile, Senior Assistant Attorney General James Boffetti will be running the county attorney’s office. Boffetti was appointed interim county attorney following a judge’s approval of an emergency court order.

Reams’ duty is to prosecute fully those who violate the law. Now, he is being investigated for misdeeds of his own.

It is important for the public to know and understand the nature of these allegations so they can judge for themselves whether the trust they have placed in Reams and his office is merited.

Kacavas has promised that his office will release what information it can without jeopardizing the investigation.

“The goal is to keep the public as apprised as we can — it is their office,” Kacavas said.

In assessing what is to be made public, the U.S. attorney’s office should tilt its judgment toward a full and honest accounting of the facts in this matter.

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