Report to the Supreme Judicial Court by Special Counsel R. J. Cinquegrana

Group: Massachusetts Judicial Branch

URL: http://www.mass.gov/courts/docs/sjc/docs/report-110112.pdf

Description

On October 19, 2011, the Supreme Judicial Court appointed R.J. Cinquegrana of Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP as its special counsel for the purpose of conducting a confidential and independent preliminary inquiry relating to the District Court Department. We were asked to determine the rate of acquittal in jury-waived trials on charges of operating under the influence (“OUI”) of drugs or alcohol, and to examine whether that rate differs from the national average and from the rate of acquittal in other criminal cases in Massachusetts. In addition, we were asked to explore whether the acquittal rates of certain judges in those departments of the Trial Court are substantially greater than the statistical average and, if so, to identify possible reasons for the disparity. The Court directed that this was to be a preliminary, fact-finding inquiry, not a disciplinary inquiry, intended to produce independent findings that the Court will consider in determining whether any further actions are appropriate.

Tags

self-representation, courts, trial court

Other Attributes
Sub-location
Statewide
Categories
Sectors (Govt, Non-Profit, etc)
Gov't, Private
Formats
PDF
Location in resource
N/A
Internet Available?
Yes
Has population data?
No
Mappable?
No
Updated?
No
Frequency
N/A
Year(s) of Publication
2012

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