Stoughton cops' trial begins: Pair face corruption charges

Jun 26, 2007 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: The Patriot Ledger

Jurors heard opening arguments in the trial of two Stoughton police officers who were indicted in 2005 on felony corruption charges. via The Patriot Ledger

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sadder resident

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#61
Aug 6, 2007
 
yeah, hey, dave, you should have thought of your family before you did your crimes. oh, yeah, good, honest, kind, friendly, thoughtful, charming, successful, intelligent, wonderful, generous guys are allowed to do what they want. you're gonna need a thesaurus to keep this up.
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#62
Aug 6, 2007
 
I hope you know the whole lunch thing is indeed a joke...It was the prosecutor who kept bringing it up throughout the trial. It's kind of an inside joke to everyone that attended the trial! You would have known that if you were indeed there. As for the car salesman, the customers came into the police station to file a complaint. They didn't go into David's law office. He acted as a police officer not a lawyer.
Hurley is a jerk

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#63
Aug 6, 2007
 
sadder resident wrote:
yeah, hey, dave, you should have thought of your family before you did your crimes. oh, yeah, good, honest, kind, friendly, thoughtful, charming, successful, intelligent, wonderful, generous guys are allowed to do what they want. you're gonna need a thesaurus to keep this up.
What's with the cockiness? David has been the most quiet of anyone since this bullshit trial ended so, why are you directing this to him. It's people like myself who know him who are talking so highly of him. Good thing for him that he does have such a great support system because if not people would not know what took place inside of that court room. With that said, You have a great night there Hurley.
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Brighton, MA

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#64
Aug 7, 2007
 
SPD wrote:
I live right next to the stoughton PD and someone should look into the rest of these pricks. I can let my nephews go to dunkin doughnuts across the street because I'm afraid one of these numbnuts is going to run them over on the way to get coffee. Since moving here every stoughton officer I've met has been an unfreindly schmuck and they drive like maniacs.
you have no idea what you are talking about, you must be a prick that got arrested or something that got u in jail where you belong, that why your bashing the police. Get a life there buddy. There is only 5 or 6 pricks on that deptand they are the ones taht started this crap...
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#65
Aug 8, 2007
 
number 62 above: "He acted as a police officer not a lawyer." That's exactly the problem! It was a civil matter that, as a lawyer, he knew full well should have been handled by a lawyer (or a consumer protection agency if by some small chance an attorney felt guilty about taking a fee for such a minor matter). And as for your assertion that the customer actually reported the matter at the police station, even if this were true, it is not relevant. It's obvious he had Viverito arrested as a "professional courtesy" to his attorney friend and business associate. In other words, for personal reasons. Yes, the "victims" in this case may have unsavory characters, but it's clear the jury could still see the obvious. There is a bigger picture here, and if any objective person steps back for a moment, he or she will see that the real victims here are the people of the Town of Stoughton.
CIVIL MATTER

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Aug 8, 2007
 
Quoting wrote:
It was a civil matter that, as a lawyer, he knew full well should have been handled by a lawyer.
GRAND LARCENY IS A CIVIL MATTER? I THINK NOT. WOULD YOU CALL A CONSUMER GROUP IF YOUR HOUSE WAS ROBBED?
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It's obvious he had Viverito arrested as a "professional courtesy" to his attorney friend and business associate.
OBVIOUS TO WHOM? VIVERITO COMMITTED CREDIT CARD FRAUD. THAT'S A FACT AND A CRIME HE ADMITTED TO HAVING COMMITTED. YOU'VE STATED AN OPINION. TRY BACKING IT UP WITH A FACT.
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#67
Sep 5, 2007
 
In noting a Juror's basis for decision, it appears as though he/she made an assumption -- in the Defendant's motivation. He/she assumed (in the negative) that he willfully vs. erroneously completed the police report.
This assumption, of the defendant's motivation, may, afterall, have been incorrect. What do you base your assumptions on? Mr. Cohen's testimony?
It appears as though the Juror was ASSUMING Guilt until proven Innoncence.
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#68
Sep 6, 2007
 
The only person to blame for what happened to David Cohen is... DAVID COHEN!

Guilty by a Jury.. Not because of the judge or Jabour, Cohen was found guilty on 4 out of 10 of the lesser charges... He his Guilty and deserves the sentence he got!

Cohen has always been a jerk, maybe he was a nice guy to family or friends... but he treated everyone else like dirt, abused his authority and gave them a hard time!

He is a dirtbag and scum, and i'm glad he finally got what he deserved... and it's a matter of time before he returns to his nice cozy jail cell for the 3 years, bubba is waiting for him!
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#69
Sep 6, 2007
 
you sound like a career criminal. no wonder you haven't shut up since the verdict. go back to politicking for the KKK because everyone knows who you are......thr real scumbag
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#70
Sep 7, 2007
 
boo hoo wrote:
you sound like a career criminal. no wonder you haven't shut up since the verdict. go back to politicking for the KKK because everyone knows who you are......thr real scumbag
Learn to spell, Puppet boy!
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#71
Sep 16, 2007
 
Dedham Superior Court ADA's have free reign to do whatever they want. Right or wrong.
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Sep 16, 2007
 
A family member of mine had charges brought against them by Norfolk County ADA Kate Herberger for intimidation of a witness. This matter was completely fabricated and baseless, and would not have been pursued by any other prudent law enforcement entity based on the total lack of evidence.
However, ADA Herberger had an ax-to-grind and badgered the complainant, against their will (initially), to swear out charges. As the court would certainly have balked at the charges and refused to issue the complaint, ADA Herberger circumvented the process by having the charges issued by the Stoughton police department.

Conveniently, the complaining officer was none other that ADA Herberger's boyfriend, Sgt. Welch, whom expedited the charges and brought it to a hearing before a clerk magistrate. The matter was subsequently quashed in the clerk magistrate's office; but, not after it cost a few thousand dollars for attorney's fees. This was done by Herberger just to bust balls and Welch went along with it.
Incidently, in another matter, ADA Herberger abused her official position/office (ie,extortion) by threatening to add felony charges to existing charges if her "Plea" deal wasn't accepted. She subsequenlty trumped up a felony charge against this person a year and a half after the original charge because the defendant refused to cave under her intimidation. Official complaints of prosecutorial misconduct were lodged against ADA Herburger and she was removed from the case by DA William Keating after the matter was about to be released to the newspapers and TV.
The defendant was found not guilty on the charges including the trumped up charge by Herberger. This cost the defendant $30,000 in legal fees and three and a half years of sleepless nights. Nice huh? Incidently, I've known Dave Cohen for years and he always treated me with respect. I wasn't on the jury and I didn't hear the facts from their perspective, but I agree with others that the punishment was excessive. Career criminals don't get the sentence Cohen was given. Cedar Juction, are you kidding me. Everyone knows what happens to former cops. Was this done on purpose? This stinks of a set-up! Makes one wonder how many low-profile cases/defendants, ie., poor, minority, or just those who pissed-off the ADA or police have been framed and sent away. If I was Herberger or Welch I'd take down all the mirrors in my house too.
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#73
Sep 17, 2007
 
I am an independant writer and am doing a story on this case for a publication. I would like to hear both sides view points.

Please email me if you can add any value to the story and can explain the case. My email brmelvin@earthlink.net

What I want to know, from both view points, are:

How this case came about?
Who are the players?
Was the sentence justified?
If not, why?

Thank you,
Brian
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#74
Sep 19, 2007
 
So let's review the conviction:

Kiddnapping- dropped
Extortion- What , trying to retrieve stolen money

Witness intimidation (The "juror" on the other site, if he is who he says he is, said he didn't feel David was guilty of this but based on the limitations of the instructions he had no choice)

Filing a false police report

It appears that even if Cohen was found guilty there is some question as to the serverity of the offenses.

At face value based on Tim Hills criminal past that the judge should have been a lot more lenient

Perhaps a suspension was in order not 3 years in prison. This whole case is rediculous.
Norfolk County Victim wrote:
A family member of mine had charges brought against them by Norfolk County ADA Kate Herberger for intimidation of a witness. This matter was completely fabricated and baseless, and would not have been pursued by any other prudent law enforcement entity based on the total lack of evidence.
However, ADA Herberger had an ax-to-grind and badgered the complainant, against their will (initially), to swear out charges. As the court would certainly have balked at the charges and refused to issue the complaint, ADA Herberger circumvented the process by having the charges issued by the Stoughton police department.
Conveniently, the complaining officer was none other that ADA Herberger's boyfriend, Sgt. Welch, whom expedited the charges and brought it to a hearing before a clerk magistrate. The matter was subsequently quashed in the clerk magistrate's office; but, not after it cost a few thousand dollars for attorney's fees. This was done by Herberger just to bust balls and Welch went along with it.
Incidently, in another matter, ADA Herberger abused her official position/office (ie,extortion) by threatening to add felony charges to existing charges if her "Plea" deal wasn't accepted. She subsequenlty trumped up a felony charge against this person a year and a half after the original charge because the defendant refused to cave under her intimidation. Official complaints of prosecutorial misconduct were lodged against ADA Herburger and she was removed from the case by DA William Keating after the matter was about to be released to the newspapers and TV.
The defendant was found not guilty on the charges including the trumped up charge by Herberger. This cost the defendant $30,000 in legal fees and three and a half years of sleepless nights. Nice huh? Incidently, I've known Dave Cohen for years and he always treated me with respect. I wasn't on the jury and I didn't hear the facts from their perspective, but I agree with others that the punishment was excessive. Career criminals don't get the sentence Cohen was given. Cedar Juction, are you kidding me. Everyone knows what happens to former cops. Was this done on purpose? This stinks of a set-up! Makes one wonder how many low-profile cases/defendants, ie., poor, minority, or just those who pissed-off the ADA or police have been framed and sent away. If I was Herberger or Welch I'd take down all the mirrors in my house too.
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Sep 19, 2007
 
My thoughts wrote:
I am an independant writer and am doing a story on this case for a publication. I would like to hear both sides view points.
Please email me if you can add any value to the story and can explain the case. My email brmelvin@earthlink.net
What I want to know, from both view points, are:
How this case came about?
Who are the players?
Was the sentence justified?
If not, why?
Thank you,
Brian
See the three PDF files attached about 1/3 of the way down this page for starters.

http://www.stoypac.com/mc/index.php/topic,477...
curious

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#76
Sep 20, 2007
 
Thank you. This is very helpful!
Link wrote:
<quoted text>
See the three PDF files attached about 1/3 of the way down this page for starters.
http://www.stoypac.com/mc/index.php/topic,477...
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#78
Jun 11, 2013
 
George Jabour is an outstanding attorney who is well respected amongst his peers. Do not listen to the nay-Sayers as they were probably on the opposing side.

Jabour is top of his game, very quick and an honest no BS attorney. If I ever needed attorney assistance I would go straight to Jabour.

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