Posted inPolitics

Hayden wins Suffolk DA race in tough night for reformers

SUFFOLK COUNTY’S interim District Attorney Kevin Hayden fended off a strong challenge from Boston City Councilor Ricardo Arroyo in Tuesday’s acrimony-filled Democratic primary for district attorney, in a tough night across the state for reform-minded district attorney candidates. Two other progressive politicians seeking their county’s top prosecutorial position also lost their races: Berkshire County incumbent […]

Posted inCriminal Justice

Berkshire district attorney aims to open ‘black box’ of plea negotiations 

MOST CRIMINAL CASES never make it to trial. Nationally, around 90 to 95 percent of cases are resolved through a guilty plea, where the prosecutor and defendant reach a negotiated agreement. While plea deals must be approved by a judge, the agreement is negotiated behind closed doors. That leaves researchers and legal practitioners with little […]