Senator Bob Clegg singling out and accusing Derry citizen Joe Donahue of threatening members of the legislature

MarkHounsell

Conway

State Senator 1984-1988

As a former member of the Senate, it troubles me deeply that any member of this honorable body would use the constitutional exemption that protects Senators when speaking from the Senate floor from libel or slander prosecution. This exemption is provided in order for the Senate to serve the people – not abuse its citizens. Senator Clegg needs to realize that his time in the Senate is one of stewardship of a great institution– not a bully pulpit to attack individuals, who under these unique circumstances can neither meet their accusers or defend the charges that were made, both of which constitutes the very foundation of American justice.It’s wrong for anyone in the Senate to make a character assassination like that during public debate. It brings disgrace to the institution and in my view Bob Clegg should be ashamed of himself.

Reference:

NH State Constitution

Part First

Article 30– Freedom of Speech, The freedom of deliberation, speech, and debate, in either house of the legislature, is so essential to the rights of the people, that it cannot be the foundation of any action, complaint, or prosecution, in any other court or place whatsoever.

June 2, 1784