"Stephen Thayer, the former state Supreme Court justice whose resignation three years ago was the catalyst for the investigation, impeachment and eventual acquittal of Chief Justice David Brock, has a new, high-ranking post in the Bush administration.
"Thayer recently was named deputy director of the Office of National Risk Assessment, a relatively new branch of the Department of Homeland Security.
"Exactly how Thayer secured the job is not clear. But his former role as executive director of the American Conservative Union provided him with friends in the conservative community in Washington, D.C. And he remains a true-blue Republican."
According to Marie Beaudette, writing for the August 25, 2003, edition of law.com, Washington, D.C., "Stephen Thayer, the former New Hampshire Supreme Court justice who resigned three years ago after allegations of judicial misconduct, was recently tapped to be the deputy director of the new Office of National Risk Assessment in the Department of Homeland Security's Transportation Safety Administration. Thayer resigned from the court in March 2000 rather than face a grand jury investigation into claims that he tried to influence his own divorce proceedings. His resignation prompted the impeachment of the court's chief justice, David Brock, who was eventually acquitted. TSA spokesman Brian Turmail says that Thayer was chosen for the job in part because of his experience with 'complex privacy issues,' which will come in handy as the office tries to implement the controversial Computer Assisted Passenger PreScreening System II (CAPPS II) Program. From February until he took the TSA post in July, Thayer was executive director of the American Conservative Union. According to Turmail, Thayer was not available for comment."