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by Marty Hayes
This event happened in a public place, with several uninvolved witnesses. When police arrived though, it is reported that the witnesses were told that they weren’t needed and told to go away. Did I mention that the bruiser was a local deputy sheriff?
Two separate charges were filed against Doug, the first for simple assault, because apparently Doug had touched the bruiser at some point, and the second charge was felony assault with a firearm. No charges were filed against the off-duty deputy. Doug fired his first attorney who was unresponsive to his case, but by the time the second attorney came on board, the 9-1-1 tapes had apparently been erased. Even so, Doug was found innocent of the simple assault charge and was declared innocent by five out of six jurors on the felony assault charge, with the sixth juror refusing to vote because she didn’t believe in firearms ownership.
Now, one would think that this would suffice to preclude a second prosecution, but remember this occurred in Boston. Doug was eventually prosecuted again and this time convicted of assault with a firearm, although attorneys in the courtroom contacted him immediately after the verdict and told him he had gotten a raw deal, and offered to help him with an appeal.
I could go on, giving separate accounts of the five different attorneys who have all worked on Doug’s case and their ineffectiveness and incompetence to do anything meaningful for the guy. But, suffice it to say that I am convinced he got a raw deal, and continues to this day to get jerked around in whatever system of justice Massachusetts purports to have.
Doug contacted me several months ago when he was again looking for another appellate attorney to attempt to get his case reviewed by the Massachusetts Supreme Court. We talked about his case and I offered him a name or two of attorneys he could talk to, but another problem came up: he has run out of money to hire a good appellate attorney. With a felony record, it is also difficult to get work in his trade. Recently, he re-contacted me with some good news: he has found legal counsel to push forward the case to clear his name. Because I feel strongly about injustices such as the ones against Doug, I agreed to run his case by the members of the Network to see if we could collectively raise some money for him. I will be clicking on this link to a non-profit foundation set up for assisting people like Doug in Massachusetts and I invite you to join me in helping Doug.
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