Criminal Justice

Berkshire DA says exit aimed at helping top aide win post

Berkshire DA says exit aimed at helping top aide win post

Move short-circuits chance for open race for seat

GOV. CHARLIE BAKER and Berkshire County District Attorney David Capeless are coming under fire for setting up a behind-the-scenes hand-off of the DA’s post to the office’s first assistant. On Thursday, Capeless made the surprise announcement that he was stepping down after 14 years in office. But he made an even more surprising admission about(...)

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Carvalho drops bid for Senate to make DA run

Carvalho drops bid for Senate to make DA run

Decision makes Rep. Collins frontrunner for Forry’s seat

What follows is Rep. Evandro Carvalho’s statement on running for Suffolk County district attorney. EARLIER THIS MONTH, I launched my campaign for State Senate, eager to serve the people of Dorchester, Mattapan, South Boston, and Hyde Park. When my friend Linda Dorcena Forry resigned as State Senator for the 1st Suffolk District, I felt compelled(...)

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McAuliffe says she’ll be the ‘progressive change candidate’ for DA

McAuliffe says she’ll be the ‘progressive change candidate’ for DA

Boston attorney cites lifetime commitment to social justice

SHANNON MCAULIFFE may have to shift gears from a campaign that was preparing to challenge a 16-year incumbent to what is now a wide-open race for Suffolk County district attorney, but the veteran defense lawyer and youth services manager says there will be no shift in her message. “The gap between what we should be(...)

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Conley won’t seek reelection as Suffolk DA

Conley won’t seek reelection as Suffolk DA

Boston defense attorney was preparing to launch challenge

SUFFOLK COUNTY District Attorney Daniel Conley shook up the legal landscape on Tuesday with word that he won’t seek reelection this fall. The news came as a longtime Boston defense attorney was preparing to mount the first challenge to Conley in the 16 years since he won the post in 2002. “I love the job,(...)

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DAs need to be held accountable

DAs need to be held accountable

ACLU campaign seeks to inform voters about power of district attorneys

WHO ARE THE MOST POWERFUL people in the criminal justice system? A lot of people quickly say, judges. The real answer: district attorneys. Look no further than the timely case study currently unfolding in the Commonwealth’s highest court. Earlier this month, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court agreed to hear a case involving the fallout from(...)

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Lelling doesn’t budge on pot stance

Lelling doesn’t budge on pot stance

'It puts the banks in a bind, I understand that,' he says

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE OPIOID CRIMES ARE HIS TOP drug enforcement priority, but US Attorney Andrew Lelling told reporters Wednesday that his enforcement of federal marijuana laws could ensnare anyone from an hourly wage employee at a marijuana dispensary to a bank that opens an account for a pot shop. During a meeting with reporters(...)

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Modest benefit found in Boston study of police body cameras

Modest benefit found in Boston study of police body cameras

Findings set the stage for debate over next steps

PRELIMINARY FINDINGS from Boston’s study of police-worn body cameras point to a small benefit in reducing citizen complaints filed against officers, but no impact on police use of force against civilians. The mixed results of the study carried out by researchers at Northeastern University could prompt a fresh round of debate between advocates for body(...)

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DAs differ on expense approaches

DAs differ on expense approaches

No pattern or guide on office spending

AS A GROUP, the 11 district attorneys in Massachusetts are not big spenders when it comes to dining out or traveling on the state’s dime. But within the group, there are some wide variations. Overall, the district attorneys spent $67,012 over the course of a year on trips, meals, and related expenses, according to records(...)

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