SEPTEMBER 30, 2003 PENSKE TRUCK THEFT
State’s witness Dennis Chamberlain testified he stopped by the Londonderry warehouse on September 29, 2003 - the day that Jack Reid was packing the Penske moving trucks. Two trucks were loaded with the entire household from the sale of Jay and Lorraine Brooks Londonderry home along with a trailer containing two Harley Davidson motorcycles. The trucks were to be driven to Nevada the following morning but the larger Penske truck and trailer was discovered to be missing and a pick up truck was vandalized. At the time of the theft Jesse Brooks was living in California and unaware that his father hadn’t hired professional movers since he hired professionals to move everything a short distance, after the sale of the Londonderry house, to the Londonderry warehouse.
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When Jesse learned of the theft and how upset his father was he called Andrew Carter and asked him if he could give his father a hand.
Jurors were not made aware that Andrew Carter was threatened by police with a life sentence. He was granted immunity yet he insisted that Jesse only asked him to give his father a hand.
Jurors were also not made aware that Chamberlain was threatened by police in an audio recorded interview 03/30/07 - nor were the New Hampshire Supreme Court Justices made aware of this interview during Jesse Brooks’ appeal process.
What most people do not know is that police are allowed to pressure a suspect into confessing by claiming to have evidence of his/her’s guilt whether that information is true or not. Police are not, however allowed to coerce a suspect into confessing by threatening.
MARCH 30, 2007 POLICE CLAIM DENNIS AND JACK REID STOLE THE PENSKE TRUCK.
Dennis Chamberlain was horrified when police claimed they had information that he and Jack Reid stole the Penske truck - a Class A felony punishable by 7 1/2 - 15 years. Chamberlain already had a lengthy criminal history so he was more than willing to cooperate to avoid jail time. He was also angry with Jay Brooks for openly accusing him of the theft. He had nothing but good things to say about Jesse Brooks but he was committed to making a damning statement to satisfy the police and save himself. Chamberlain was not charged with the theft in exchange for his testimony and while being escorted out of the courtroom he shouted, “when do I get paid?”
Audio of Dennis Chamberlain being pressured by police
Dennis was interrogated by New Hampshire State Police Sgt. Paul Hunt and Trp. John Sonia who worked together with juror Lisa Dodge’s husband, Epping Police Chief Gregory Dodge, on the Sheila LaBarre case at the same time as the Jack Reid investigation.
MAY 2, 2008 PROSECUTORS OBJECT TO DENNIS CHAMBERLAIN BEING QUESTIONED
Prosecutors Janice Rundles, Kirsten Wilson and Michael Lewis OBJECTION to Deposition of Dennis Chamberlain.
The State has provided the defense with a 63 page taped interview of Chamberlain, as well as his criminal record and numerous police reports reflecting his contacts with law enforcement. No further information is required.
MAY 22, 2008 PROSECUTOR INSISTS DO NOT RECORD - ADDS NEW INFORMATION
Michael Benton Interview. Karen Huntress, Janice Rundles, Michael Lewis, NH State Police Officer Frederick Lulka, Trp. Larcome, Attorney Samdperil
Prosecutor Huntress gave instructions to NH State Police Officer Lulka to DO NOT RECORD and added NEW INFORMATION concerning the 11/5/03 visit to Dennis Chamberlain adding Jesse’s tone was accusatory despite previous statements by Andrew Carter, Michael Benton and Dennis Chamberlain that the visit was friendly. Dennis also testified that Jesse always stopped by to visit his mother when he came to town.
NOV. 2, 2009 JESSE'S TRIAL - DENNIS TESTIFIES FOLLOWING BRAIN SURGERY
By the time Dennis Chamberlain testified in Jesse’s trial he was for the most part – incoherent. The prosecutor confirmed his condition in a letter dated just before the trial. Dennis was 5 months post-op from having 4 cancerous brain tumors removed and on heavy medications. Jesse’s defense attorneys should have demanded he be evaluated by a specialist before the trial but instead - the court gave him a 20-minute competency hearing and allowed him to testify. Due to his inability to recall events the prosecutor led him through his prior statements from the 3/30/07 coerced interview and omitted the above threatening statements. This deprived Jesse Brooks the right to cross-exam the witness which violated his Sixth Amendment right to confrontation. Dennis Chamberlain passed away 6/6/12.
NOV 2, 2009 Competency hearing of Dennis Chamberlain
5 months after his brain surgery
NOV. 3, 2009 PROSECUTOR JANICE RUNDLES' FRUSTRATION WITH CHAMBERLAIN
Listen to prosecutor Janice Rundles whispering at sidebar to the judge, out of earshot of the jury, expressing her frustration with Dennis Chamberlain’s memory.
PROSECUTOR: “He has no memory. He doesn’t even have a memory when he reads it on the page, um, you know, from one second to the next. He reads it and he forgets it immediately.”
NOV.18, 2009 PROSECUTOR MISLEADS JURORS IN CLOSING STATEMENT
Prosecutor Janice Rundles misled jurors telling them, “Dennis Chamberlain testified to this under oath previously,” when in fact, Chamberlain’s 3/30/07 statements made to law enforcement were not under oath and not subject to cross-examination.
JUNE 15, 2011 JESSE’S APPEAL - CHAMBERLAIN’S THREATENING 3/30/07 INTERROGATION EXCLUDED
Listen to New Hampshire Supreme Court Chief Justice Linda Dalianis offer her opinion of Dennis Chamberlain’s competency hearing during Jesse Brooks' Oral Argument on June 15th 2011. The court upheld the conviction claiming Janice Rundles’ use of Chamberlain’s “Recorded Recollection” was “Harmless Error.”
DENNIS CHAMBERLAIN DWI, HIT AND RUN AND FLEEING THE SCENE - NO JAIL TIME
Why was Dennis Chamberlain - a witness for the state in 2009 - given a free pass in July 2010 for such reckless conduct in Rockingham County? Intoxicated 3 times over the legal limit, a hit and run accident, aggravated driving and fleeing the scene.
Note: State’s witness Andrew Carter was also granted inexplicable leniency for repeated felony conduct and NO JAIL TIME after testifying for the State. CLICK HERE