Dr. Marianne Salcetti won this year’s Nackey S. Loeb First Amendment Award for her case against the City of Keene with 5 of her journalism students at Keene State College. The case involved Right-to-Know requests made by the 5 students to Keene for public records that the city denied. The records related to restaurant inspections, excessive use of police force, underage drinking, and sexual assault.
The Cheshire Superior Court largely ruled against the students, but on appeal they largely prevailed at the New Hampshire Supreme Court. Attorney Greg Sullivan represented Dr. Salcetti and the students at the Supreme Court. Dr. Salcetti and the students represented themselves in the Superior Court. Right to Know NH assisted the plaintiffs.