Guide to the Papers of Clifton Below, 1999 - 2001Manuscript MS-950 


Senator Clifton C. Below attended elementary school in Brunswick and Topsham, Maine. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1978 with distinction in Geography and Environmental Studies. He has served as the vice president of the LISTEN Board of Directors as well as the secretary of the Grafton County Democratic Committee of NH and is a member of the Lebanon Energy Commission and Energy Working Group of the Forum on the Valley's Future, the Upper Valley Energy Coalition, and the New Hampshire Energy Coalition. A former NH senator (D), he served in the impeachment trial of Chief Justice David A. Brock in the year 2000:On March 31, 2000, the NH State Attorney General Philip T. McLaughlin, in the report "In re: W. Stephen Thayer, III and Related Matters" brought to light information concerning the conduct of New Hampshire's Supreme Court justices in the Feld's Case and Thayer v. Thayer. On April 19, the NH House approved HR 50, authorizing and directing the House Judiciary Committee to investigate whether cause existed for the impeachment of David A. Brock, the Chief Justice, and/or any other justice of the NH Court. While no article of impeachment was brought against other investigated Supreme Court justices, the House committee found convincing evidence that there were constitutional grounds for the impeachment and subsequent removal of Chief Justice Brock and approved four articles of impeachment against him. As the NH constitution provides neither the level of evidence required to determine what conduct is impeachable nor the number of votes required to convict, NH senators served as both justice and jury on the three-week trial, together deciding on a two-thirds vote to convict. Ultimately, Brock was acquitted on all charges (October 10, 2000). Below currently resides in Lebanon, NH.

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