Showing posts with label criminal justice. Show all posts
Showing posts with label criminal justice. Show all posts

Monday, March 20, 2023

Norfolk District Attorney Michael Morrissey Highlights Dean Leadership Institute’s CSI Discussion - March 29

Bringing a real-life true crime discussion to Dean College, the Dean Leadership Institute welcomes Norfolk District Attorney Michael Morrissey to campus. The latest installment of the speaker series will take place on March 29 at 6 PM in the Guidrey Center, located inside the Dr. Paula M. Rooney Student Center.

The Spring 2023 installment of the DLI speaker series focuses on crime scene investigation, which coincides with Dean’s popular criminal justice academic program. Morrissey will be joined by First Assistant District Attorney Lynn Beland, who has prosecuted more than 100 murder cases and was named the state’s 2012 prosecutor of the year, and Massachusetts State Police Detective Lt. Brian Tully, commander of the homicide unit attached to Morrissey’s office. The three will connect with students about careers in criminal justice and prepare them for success after graduation. The discussion will help Dean students to understand the process of a crime scene investigation from the moment authorities arrive through prosecution.

Norfolk District Attorney Michael Morrissey Highlights Dean Leadership Institute’s CSI Discussion - March 29
Norfolk District Attorney Michael Morrissey Highlights Dean Leadership Institute’s CSI Discussion - March 29

Morrissey, past president of the Massachusetts District Attorney’s Association, served on the governor’s Anti-Crime Council and on the Board of Directors of DOVE (Domestic Violence Ended) for 10 years. Before serving as district attorney, Morrissey served as a state representative from 1977 to 1992 and a state senator from 1992 to 2010, where he chaired the Committee on Public Safety. In the legislature, Morrissey helped pass laws strengthening drunken driving and domestic violence laws, and measures protecting seniors from fraud and children from sex offenders and cyber bullying.

The Dean Leadership Institute offers a unique opportunity for students, alumni and the local community to interact with business leaders. Morrissey is the latest speaker in a list that includes Worcester Red Sox President Dr. Charles Steinberg, former Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis and Angela McKay, the Director of Cybersecurity Policy and Strategy in the Global Security Strategy and Diplomacy team at Microsoft.

The doors of the Guidrey Center will open at 5:30 PM. Parking is available behind the Rooney Student Center at 109 West Central Street. The event is free and open to the public. For those unable to attend in person, a livestream of the event will be available.

Learn more about the Dean Leadership Institute and RSVP for the event.

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Thursday, January 5, 2023

Indivisible Groups Across Massachusetts Demand Justice For January 6 Attack On Democracy

Indivisible Massachusetts Coalition (IMC) and local Indivisible groups throughout the state demand that the U.S. Justice Department prosecute those involved in the attempted coup of January 6, 2021 and other efforts to subvert the 2020 election. Actions will be held across the Commonwealth on the weekend of January 6-8th to support the findings from the U.S. House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6 Attack on the United States Capitol.

“Activists seeking to protect our democracy are taking to the streets, the phones, and social media urging prosecution of Trump for crimes referred to the DOJ by the Jan 6 Committee.” IMC Chairperson Deb Paul said. "The Jan 6 committee factually established that Trump is an insurrectionist whose followers assaulted the Capitol at his instigation. He and his allies must be held to account. We demand that the Justice Department do its work and bring criminal charges against Trump and his co-conspirators.”

Events across the Commonwealth are planned as Trump and extreme Republican MAGA politicians continue to spread false claims about the 2020 election results and to undermine our Constitution and House Republicans plan a sham investigation into the January 6 committee so that they may stay in power and push their extreme agenda. This agenda includes destroying reproductive rights, abolishing our Social Security and Medicare benefits, limiting access to affordable higher education, and thwarting solutions to the climate crisis and gun violence, among other pressing issues.

Activists have planned rallies in multiple locations across Massachusetts to demand accountability, protect our Constitution, and prevent another coup attempt. Members of our Congressional delegation including Representatives Katherine Clark and James McGovern are speaking at rallies in Concord, Worcester and Northampton, along with multiple MA state legislators, local politicians, and grassroots leaders. 


Find an updated list of local actions on the IMC calendar under the listing January 6 Justice. 

For further information, contact Larry Pareles (, 860-670-7542).

Here is a link to the document too:


Indivisible Mass Coalition (IMC) is the statewide organization of volunteers who support the work of more than 50 Indivisible groups and their allies across Massachusetts working to improve democracy and support policies and legislation that improve equity and justice for everyone and eliminate institutional racism. IMC helps to build, support, and amplify the network of Indivisible groups throughout Massachusetts to promote and support a participatory democracy. IMC is committed to ensuring that people are informed, organized, motivated and have the necessary tools to engage in our democracy. IMC coordinates with Indivisible National to work on our shared goals for democracy in our country. Learn more at

Indivisible Groups Across Massachusetts Demand Justice For January 6 Attack On Democracy
Indivisible Groups Across Massachusetts Demand Justice For January 6 Attack On Democracy

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Invisible People TV: "How Perceptions About Rising Crime Rates Affect Homeless People"

"Americans fear for their safety now more than ever. A recent Gallup poll showed fifty-six percent of Americans, which is a record high, believe local crime has risen in their area this year. Seventy-eight percent believe crime is up nationally, which is tied with 2020 when crime truly was significantly higher than average.

There are a few specific types of crimes Americans fear falling victim to more than in previous years. The highest is fear of a child being harmed in school. Next are fears of getting mugged, being attacked while driving, being sexually assaulted, and being murdered. Except for being attacked while driving, all of these fears increased among city dwellers, as opposed to suburban- or rural dwellers.

What we can conclude from this data is that people, especially in urban areas, are a lot more afraid of random attacks than before. It’s not difficult to imagine why, with the increased buzz around violent crimes such as school shootings and random stabbings. We all seem to be a little more aware of our surroundings.

But there are a couple of important points we need to keep in mind:
  1. What we see reported is not always a reflection of reality.
  2. Our fear can have harmful consequences if we aren’t careful."
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Friday, August 12, 2022

Dan Rather: An Attack On the Rule of Law

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Dan Rather: An Attack On the Rule of Law

Shame on me. 

I like to think I don't surprise easily, especially when it comes to imagining the depths to which the former president and his cronies and enablers will descend to protect themselves and preserve their power. But the aftermath of the FBI's execution of a search warrant at Mar-a-Lago has surprised me. It has also left me deeply concerned about what the country must now endure and where we may be headed. 

I should not have been surprised. In retrospect, it all makes sickening sense. 

When news broke of these events — first commented on, it should be noted, by Donald Trump himself — it was clear that they would reverberate dangerously across America's fractured political and social landscape. You had to know that Trump himself would lie and play to his well-practiced persona of misplaced victimhood. And you had to know that others would rally around him. But the amount of negative blowback and the number of high-level officials helping gives special pause.

Among things striking about this threat to the Trump bubble is that instead of the charge being led by elected officials or others easily stigmatized as "the enemy," this was the FBI. Law enforcement: the very people lauded by the Republicans when it suits their political interests. "Back the blue," and all. How would they spin this one?

The first round of defense was to fall back on the familiar language of a "partisan witch hunt." It is the usual lie, as they cry foul without any evidence, about how the Biden administration is out of control in persecuting its political enemies. Just because we have become used to this level of projection and hypocrisy from a group of cynical political actors who really did seek to turn the Department of Justice into their own tool for holding on to power, doesn't mean we should become inured to the danger of this rhetoric. 

But they didn't stop there. They have now moved on to attacking the FBI itself and the very mechanisms of justice in the United States. It is tiresome to outline all the different instances and all the different people who have participated in this concerted attempt to protect Trump by baselessly attacking what took place at Mar-a-Lago. But when the likes of South Carolina Senator Lindsay Graham suggests the FBI planted evidence and Florida Senator Marco Rubio attacks the magistrate judge who signed off on the warrant, we are seeing something even more perilous than before.

These are two men who back in 2016 clearly understood and articulated the dangers that Donald Trump posed to American democracy. Now they are not only devout defenders of his presidency, but they are complicit in undermining what appears to be a careful execution of the process of justice. They seek to delegitimize any investigation of Trump, no matter its merits. 

As Trump pleaded the fifth over and over again in a civil case in New York, as he refuses to release what was in the Mar-a-Lago search warrant, and as we can see in a long history of contempt for any legal accountability in his business and political career, the safe assumption of all these investigations is that with so much smoke, there is likely fire. Nevertheless, even if Trump is eventually indicted, he will continue to be entitled to a presumption of innocence and a day in court. That's how American justice is supposed to work. 

Now, as many have pointed out, there are legitimate concerns in America about the overreach of law enforcement. For as long as I have been a reporter, there have certainly been instances where police officers have searched residences illegally. Most often, those who have felt the brunt of these perversions of the law have been the marginalized members of society. And in these cases, these same people who are defending Trump, as well as Trump himself, have shown no concern. They have often applauded rough and unlawful actions from police as long as they were targeting people different from themselves. 

We should be very clear. Those rushing to defend Trump are not carefully refuting what is alleged against him. In the case of what was taken from Mar-a-Lago, we don't even know what that was (but Trump does). Rather, these kneejerk objections set the stage for a blanket assertion that, in effect, Trump is above the law. Under this dangerous reasoning, there can be no legitimate investigation into anything he might have done. And, to continue the tortured "reasoning," anyone who seeks to hold Trump accountable under the laws that govern our nation is a political operative acting as part of a wide-ranging "Deep State" conspiracy. 

This is a kind of lunacy, of course, and deeply destabilizing to American democracy, but it is not a fringe position within the "Party of Trump." A version of this mania is now being publicly stated by Republican elected officials who often are portrayed in the press as the more responsible ones. The rot engulfs almost the entire party.

When we add to this the mounting evidence being uncovered by the January 6 committee, a clear and chilling picture emerges. Large swaths of the Republican Party do not believe the law should apply to its leaders. And they do not believe that there can be a fair election in which their candidate loses. This is, at its very essence, a repudiation of the ideal of America as a democratic republic ruled by law. We all should be careful here. This does not apply to all Republican elected representatives and certainly not to all Republican voters. Nor does it apply to any and everyone who questions the FBI's actions. But as we are seeing with the overall general reaction to the FBI's search, this undermining of confidence in our institutions is far more widespread and far deeper than we might have first feared. 

To my colleagues in the press covering this moment, I respectfully suggest that it is essential that we wrestle with this truth and not seek to minimize the escalating dangers our country faces, especially as much of the recent rhetoric from Trump and his army of defenders is stoking the prospects of violence. There are not two equal sides to this story. The political implications of all of this, what it might mean for the midterms or President Biden's approval rating, pale next to what this means for the future of American democracy. 

Despite all that we are facing, I remain optimistic and hopeful for the future of our nation. I believe that these multiple investigations into Trump will get to truths that America desperately needs to hear. No one pursuing them is going to be frightened by what's being said on Fox News. And while there may always be a percentage of the country that backs Trump and the politicians who have rallied around him, this is not where the majority of this nation is. 

We should not forget that Donald Trump was repudiated by voters in 2020 after only one term in office. A record number of Americans went to the polls to say they did not like who he was or what he represented. We know even more now. So, will the repudiation of Trump and his ideology continue, even increase? We, the people, are now in the process of finding out.

In the meantime, travel on this passage figures to be rough, rocky, and more dangerous than many of us may have thought. That makes it all the more important that those who are pursuing justice remain steady in their mission and true to the most noble values of the nation they serve. 

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Monday, August 9, 2021 More Perfect Union - 022 - Chauvin Trial

"In this episode, Frank and the group discuss the results of the recent Derek Chauvin Trial, the work that still needs to be done on, and the future following these results."

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Friday, March 5, 2021

Washington Post: "It’s time to repeal the worst criminal justice law of the past 30 years"

"The failures in these cases all originated in state courts. Under our system, when a state violates the constitutional protections of a fair trial, the federal courts are required to intervene. The right to judicial review of an unlawful detention, also known as the writ of habeas corpus, is enshrined in the Constitution and dates back to 13th-century England.

But in 1996 Congress took a chisel to habeas corpus with the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act (AEDPA). Attorneys who represent people challenging their convictions, such as Mississippi’s Humphreys McGee, say the AEDPA and the Supreme Court rulings that followed have suffocated federal review. “It’s been a 25-year thicket of real through-the-looking-glass s---," McGee says. And the law’s repeal or reform is long overdue."
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Tuesday, January 26, 2021

CommonWealth Magazine: "State slow to improve criminal justice data collection"

"A sweeping 2018 criminal justice reform law required state officials to create a comprehensive cross-tracking system that would be maintained in an online system. But two and a half years after the law was passed, there has been little evident progress."

"A WELL-KNOWN management maxim warns, if you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it. By that reckoning, those trying to better the state’s criminal justice system are often flying blind.

How long, for example, does the average probationer in Massachusetts stay on probation? Or how many people last year had their probation revoked?

State Probation Commissioner Edward Dolan has no idea. While each probationer has their own physical case file, the Massachusetts Probation Department has no computer-based case management system that would let state officials or researchers track information on an aggregate basis.

“A lot of things we do, we do manually,” Dolan said."
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