THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
O R D E R
The supreme court has been informed by the clerk of the Coos County Superior Court that Judge Franklin C. Jones, of the Rochester District Court, has been convicted today of five counts of misdemeanor simple assault. See RSA 631:2-a. Judge Jones has been suspended with pay since May 25, 2004, when the court became aware that he was under investigation on complaints of misdemeanor sexual assault. In light of the convictions, Judge Jones is hereby suspended without pay, effective this date, until further order of the court. The clerk of this court is instructed to refer this matter to the judicial conduct committee for appropriate proceedings in accordance with Supreme Court Rule 40. Within 10 days of this order, Judge Jones may file an objection with this court and request a hearing.
Nadeau, Dalianis, Duggan, and Galway, JJ., concurred.
Date: September 10, 2004
Carol A. Belmain, Deputy Clerk