History was made is often a cliche description of many things. History is always being made. But after being sworn in as the District Attorney for Suffolk County, Rachael Rollins truly made history -- by being the first woman person of color to be a DA in Massachusetts -- and she's also the first woman to be our county's DA. “We have a big job ahead of us – changing perceptions and expectations of how the criminal justice system can best serve the community, and how necessary other disciplines are to our shared success,” said Rollins at the ceremony held on Wednesday at the Roxbury Community College. “Professionals in education, medical and mental health, social services, housing, and many other fields all play a part in public safety and we need their collaboration as surely as we need police and prosecutors.
Three defendants were acquitted Tuesday on murder charges of a 28-year-old man who was shot dead while exiting the 7-Eleven on August 27, 2016. Amos Carrasquillo, 30, his girlfriend, Amanda Algarin, 28, and their associate, Julio Pizarro, 45, were acquitted after 11 days of deliberations, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney's office. The DA's office said the prosecution was confident the jury fully and fairly weighed the evidence that they were provided. Carrasquillo was charged with first-degree murder and unlawful possession of a firearm in December 2016, after initially being arrested on an unrelated federal probation warrant. In 2016, Assistant DA Julie Higgins of the DA's Homicide Unit, said Carrasquillo and Kelly were known to each other, and Carrasquillo had allegedly "shown signs of hostility toward the victim in the days preceding the Aug.
The JP Progressives are hosting their annual fundraiser on Dec. 12 and it's going to feature several newly elected sheroes. "Our work this year was extensive, and we are proud of both the results that we helped achieve and the effort we put forward. We gathered signatures for ballot questions and candidates. We organized phone and text banks to elect progressive candidates to state and federal offices across the nation.
For the first time in decades there is no incumbent in the Suffolk County District Attorney race. There are five candidates in the Democratic Party primary on Tuesday. Who has your vote? The hottest topic in this year's race was criminal justice reform and discussion was often about a criminal justice reform bill signed into law by Governor Charlie Baker in April. State Rep. Evandro Carvalho (5th-Suffolk) was going to run for an open state senate seat, but changed his mind to run for the DA position once he heard that current DA Dan Conley wasn't seeking reelection.
Please join host Mimi and Reuben for a Jamaica Plain Meet and Greet for Shannon McAuliffe for DA! Shannon McAuliffe is a former public defender and director of the nonprofit, Roca. Fighting injustice isn't just what Shannon does, it's who she is. Shannon is endorsed by Suffolk County Sheriff, Steven Tompkins, and has been committed to bold progressive change in our criminal justice system for over 25 years. This will be an outdoor garden event at Mimi and Reuben's home.