Criminal Justice

Gants calls off DeLeo leak inquiry

Gants calls off DeLeo leak inquiry

Law enforcement officials tell SJC they didn’t do it

AFTER FEDERAL AND STATE law enforcement officials said they didn’t do it, the Supreme Judicial Court is calling off its inquiry into who leaked to the press the confidential transcript of a deposition of House Speaker Robert DeLeo. In a May 31 letter to DeLeo, Chief Justice Ralph Gants said he had asked the US(...)

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Time to get fully on board with police body cameras

Time to get fully on board with police body cameras

Current Mass. law doesn’t allow audio recording

TAMIR RICE. MICHAEL BROWN. WALTER SCOTT. These are just some of the high profile police-involved shootings that caught the nation’s attention and highlighted some of the more extreme interactions between law enforcement and the communities they are sworn to protect. People were outraged over the outcomes of these interactions and the subsequent legal proceedings. Others(...)

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27 correctional officers honored

27 correctional officers honored

Baker says officials don't get credit they deserve

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE TWENTY-SEVEN CORRECTIONAL officers and one K9 were honored Friday at the State House as correctional employees of the year, each one recognized for acts that went above and beyond the call of duty. “What happens behind the walls of the institutions you work in, where in many cases you are in(...)

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Massachusetts should clear juvenile records

Massachusetts should clear juvenile records

Research shows 'expungement' leads to lower adult arrest rates, higher grad rates

A WHO’S WHO crowd of criminal justice leaders gathered at the Seaport Hotel on Monday for the annual fundraising breakfast for the Chelsea-based nonprofit Roca, which works to steer high-risk young people toward positive pursuits. Addressing the audience, Gov. Charlie Baker reflected on recent efforts to increase prison education—a practice that has long been understood to(...)

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Was Lightbody in or was he out?

Was Lightbody in or was he out?

Jury must decide whether backdated documents were real or bogus

JURORS IN THE FEDERAL conspiracy trial of three men involved in the sale of the Everett land for a Wynn casino began deliberations Thursday with both prosecutors and defense attorneys in agreement on the core question. “This really is a simple case,” Assistant US Attorney Kristina Barclay said during her closing argument. “Was Charlie Lightbody(...)

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Retirement board ordered to give DiMasi $127,000

Retirement board ordered to give DiMasi $127,000

SJC says money contributed by ex-speaker before conviction

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE FORMER HOUSE SPEAKER SALVATORE DIMASI, now serving out an eight-year prison sentence for federal corruption charges, is entitled to the return of about $127,000 in contributions he made into the state’s retirement system before his 2011 conviction, the Supreme Judicial Court ruled Thursday. The State Retirement Board suspended DiMasi’s pension in(...)

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Witness: Wynn Resorts was told about Lightbody in 2012

Witness: Wynn Resorts was told about Lightbody in 2012

Contradicts casino firm’s claim that it didn’t know until mid-2013

TWO TOP OFFICIALS AT WYNN RESORTS were told in November 2012  that the owners of the Everett land they were seeking to buy included a man with a “checkered past” named Charles Lightbody, according to a prosecution witness in the federal wire fraud case against Lightbody and two others. The claim by James Flood, a(...)

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Prison recidivism very high in Massachusetts

Prison recidivism very high in Massachusetts

In 2013, 73% of those sentenced had prior convictions

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE PEOPLE WHO HAD BEEN CONVICTED OF PRIOR OFFENSES accounted for nearly three quarters of new convictions in Massachusetts in a single year, according to a data analysis presented Tuesday to a working group exploring opportunities for criminal justice reform. The analysis, conducted by the Council of State Governments Justice Center as(...)

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