The Supreme Judicial Court Tanks an Investigation

June 2, 2016, West Barnstable MA. In a letter published in the Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, Gants’ response to Speaker’s request a misstep on November 19, 2015 and in this blog, I wrote: To the editor: When The Boston Globe Spotlight team published a series of articles revealing, to no one’s surprise, that there was political patronage…

Gants’ response to Speaker’s request a misstep

Mass. Lawyers Weekly, November 19, 2015 To the editor: When The Boston Globe Spotlight team published a series of articles revealing, to no one’s surprise, that there was political patronage hiring in the Probation Department, the Supreme Judicial Court hired attorney Paul F. Ware Jr. and armed him with subpoena power to conduct an investigation….

Attacks on DA not helpful to sentencing debate

Mass. Lawyers Weekly letter, April 9, 2015 To the editor: Having recently retired after 25 years on the District Court bench, I approach the current controversy over minimum mandatory sentences in drug cases with a natural bias against limitation of a judge’s discretion. I can understand, however, why a prosecutor finds them to be useful…

Judge Young’s Comments on O’Brien

Mass. Lawyers Weekly, November 26, 2014 To the editor: Any sentient being in the legal or court communities has known about the influence of political patronage in judicial hiring not for decades, but for generations. U.S. District Court Judge William G. Young’s comments on the subject at the sentencing of former Probation Department Commissioner John…

If you want to be Governor, don’t run for AG

Mass. Lawyers Weekly, November 14, 2014 Attorney General-elect Maura Healey does not seem to have much chance of becoming governor of Massachusetts. No one should be surprised that Attorney General Martha Coakley was defeated in her recent campaign for governor. In all of Massachusetts political history, no sitting elected attorney general has ever been elected…