Hopkinton officer won't face assault charges

Hopkinton officer won't face assault charges By Sara Withee Thursday, February 2, 2006 H OPKINTON -- The Hopkinton officer accused of assaulting a relative will not face any charges after a clerk magistrate ... Full Story
NO NAME

Eastham, MA

#1 Feb 3, 2006
WHAT A TREND - CLERK MAGISTRATES (WHETHER FRAMINGHAM OR MILFORD) JUST CAN'T SEEM TO BE CONSISTENT WITH THEIR DECISIONS, EVEN WHEN COPS LIE UNDER OATH, ADMITTED ON TAPE, DURING VARIOUS HEARINGS....WHAT A FACADE FOR WHAT IS SUPPOSED TO BE A FAIR LEGAL SYSTEM .....APPALLING!
On Looker

Dayton, OH

#2 Feb 11, 2006
If a law has been broken and the case is proven then the Judge has to set the sentence according their mandate. It's the constitution that's at stake as well as the rights of the parties in question.

ON Looker
No name

Eastham, MA

#3 Feb 15, 2006
Thanks for your input -- the point you are missing is in MA, Clerk Magistrates "decide" whether the case proceeds to be proven before a Judge, etc. In MA, from personal experience, I have to question the integrity of such power in the hands of the system's "good old boys" aka Clerk Magistrates, Police Officers, DA's, Lawyers and possibly, Judges....which is the appalling part ....especially under
"oath" ....

Hope things are more fairly handled in OH.
Silent

Revere, MA

#4 Feb 19, 2006
So, Bellingham. What you are saying is, because it is a Police Officer he should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.. Well, do you even know what the penalty is.. In MA. Even better the two involved where family members and the Officer was off duty. So why would it bother you at all. To be "convicted" in MA the victim has to show up or appear. If the Victim choose not to show then the case is dropped.
no name

Eastham, MA

#5 Feb 20, 2006
Chelmsford - you obviously haven't had the opportunity to view the legal system in action ....it's all about who you are, who you know and how much $$ you have ....
Other side of the Ham

Webster, MA

#6 Mar 4, 2006
Bellingham, Ma
Its not about whi you know the system is not perfect I grant you that. But when you post something you should really know what you speak of : an assault of a family member falls under Mass state law 209A: and to prosocute you need a victims to testify and as in manny cases the victim is a pissed off family member who usually regrets filing charges and decideds not to show. Sometimes they do.
Other side of the Ham

Webster, MA

#7 Mar 4, 2006
sorry for the sloppy spelling
No name - Bellingham

Eastham, MA

#8 Mar 5, 2006
Used to be a "both sides of the coin" person - but having experienced "the system" and "its best" -- I stand by
my comments -- the relatives in this case had the guts
to take out a restraining order against one "bro", so your point is that they caved at the ultimate moment to make a difference ... what a missed opportunity ....
No name

South Deerfield, MA

#9 May 11, 2008
FYI --- the subject has been fired from the
HPD --- hmmmmm

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