This suit challenged the residency restrictions for sex offenders in the City of Franklin.  The Superior Court granted the petition, finding that the City violated the Equal Protection Clause of the New Hampshire Constitution because it burdened the fundamental right to use and enjoy property without demonstrating a sufficient reason for doing so.  The Superior Court decision can be found here.  The City of Franklin appealed to the New Hampshire Supreme Court.  The ACLU-NH’s appellee brief before the Supreme Court can be found here.  The City withdrew its appeal days before the scheduled hearing before the Supreme Court.


Richard Samdperil of Samdperil & Welch P.L.L.C.

Pro Bono Law Firm(s)

Samdperil & Welch P.L.L.C.

Date filed

January 18, 2012


New Hampshire Supreme Court



Case number

No. 2012-0108