Criminal Justice

From boy wonder mayor to defendant

From boy wonder mayor to defendant

Correia vowed to revive Fall River

JASIEL CORREIA was in full performance mode earlier this year when he was interviewed by CommonWealth contributor Ted Seifer for this profile in the magazine’s spring issue. The mayor of Fall River, elected at age 23 with a vow to revitalize the struggling former mill city, was showcasing his vigor and commitment to being a hands-on(...)

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SJC dismisses thousands more drug cases

SJC dismisses thousands more drug cases

Faults chemist Sonja Farak and two assistant AGs

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THOUSANDS MORE drug convictions tied to testing done by criminal chemist Sonja Farak and the former state drug lab in Amherst will be dismissed after the state’s highest court on Thursday ruled the “no other remedy would suffice.” The decision clears all remaining cases for so-called “Farak defendants,” and directs Attorney(...)

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‘I’ve done nothing wrong,’ declares Correia

‘I’ve done nothing wrong,’ declares Correia

Fall River mayor strikes defiant tone following federal indictment

AN UNSHAVEN JASIEL CORREIA, arrested by FBI agents earlier in the day, was led into a federal courtroom in Boston on Thursday afternoon in leg shackles and handcuffs, dressed in black jeans and a black polo shirt. He walked out of court a little more than an hour later in a dark blue suit and(...)

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Who’s guarding the guards?

Who’s guarding the guards?

State Police scandal only getting worse

CONCERN OVER THE behavior of those who are charged with enforcing behavior norms on others has probably been around as long as humans have set up such systems. Capturing that conundrum in a single, enduring phrase goes back nearly 2,000 years. “Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?” is the question attributed to first century Roman satirist and poet(...)

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Correia arrested on federal fraud charges

Correia arrested on federal fraud charges

Fall River mayor had been under investigation for two years by IRS and HUD

FEDERAL AGENTS ARRESTED Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia early Thursday morning and charged him with defrauding investors in a company he started as a teenager, then using the money to “pay for a lavish lifestyle” that included a Mercedes, jewelry for himself and a former girlfriend, air travel, and trips to casinos and adult entertainment venues,(...)

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State police sought to destroy Logan pay records

State police sought to destroy Logan pay records

Request denied because of investigations into scandals

STATE POLICE OFFICIALS tried to destroy 12 boxes of payroll files for detail and roster assignments involving its embattled division at Logan Airport but were blocked because of the ongoing investigation into overtime abuse that has rocked the department and triggered dozens of retirements. Maj. Charles Atchison of Logan’s Troop F submitted a form to(...)

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Caccaviello to mount write-in campaign

Caccaviello to mount write-in campaign

Berkshire County DA says Harrington too inexperienced

THE INCUMBENT DISTRICT ATTORNEY in Berkshire County, who came in second in the three-person Democratic primary, says he is not giving up and plans to run for the office as a write-in candidate. Paul Caccaviello said he felt compelled to continue his campaign because of the lack of prosecutorial experience of the Democratic primary winner,(...)

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Conley will resign DA’s post early

Conley will resign DA’s post early

Suffolk prosecutor will join high-powered Boston law and lobbying firm

SUFFOLK COUNTY District Attorney Dan Conley will resign later this month to take a lobbying and litigation job with one of the city’s most high-powered firms. Conley, who said in February that he would not seek reelection this fall, announced at a briefing Wednesday afternoon that he’ll assume the title of special counsel with the(...)

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Rollins rolls to big win in Suffolk DA race

Rollins rolls to big win in Suffolk DA race

Outsider Harrington topples Berkshire DA, Ryan reelected in MIddlesex

AGAINST THE BACKDROP of a national rethinking of criminal justice policies, Suffolk County residents voted for big change in the district attorney’s office as Rachael Rollins, a former federal prosecutor running on strong reform platform, topped a five-way Democratic primary field in the contest to replace incumbent Dan Conley, who did not seek reelection. Change(...)

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The law-and-order candidate – with a twist

The law-and-order candidate – with a twist

Suffolk DA hopeful Henning reaches out to those he helped lock up

AT A TIME when talk of criminal justice reform is in the air, Greg Henning looks like the face of the status quo. One of five candidates in the Democratic primary for the open Suffolk County district attorney’s seat, Henning has spent a decade as a prosecutor in the office, most recently directing its gang(...)

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