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Healey’s office asks SJC to reinstate charges in Soldiers’ Home deaths

MISMANAGEMENT AT THE Holyoke Soldiers’ Home undoubtedly contributed to the high COVID-19 death toll there in the first days of the pandemic. The question before the state’s highest court is whether the actions of the home’s former leaders may have constituted criminal behavior. During oral arguments on Wednesday, Supreme Judicial Court justices asked pointed questions […]

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Judge dismisses criminal charges against Bennett Walsh

A HAMPDEN SUPERIOR COURT judge on Monday dismissed all criminal charges against former Holyoke Soldiers’ Home superintendent Bennett Walsh and medical director David Clinton for their roles in the deadly COVID-19 outbreak at the home.  Attorney General Maura Healey had filed charges against the two top Soldiers’ Home officials alleging that their reckless conduct in […]

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Holyoke Soldiers’ Home report details ‘crisis of leadership’ 

A REPORT BY a legislative committee formed to investigate the COVID-19 outbreak at the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home that left 77 veterans dead faulted a “crisis of leadership” for substantially contributing to what it called a “perfect storm” and a “preventable tragedy.”  “As we outline in this report, the causes were both immediate, including inexplicable decisions […]