Powerful column from the Boston Globe‘s Kevin Cullen about pending legislation to eliminate the statute of limitations for criminal and civil cases in Massachusetts. Rep. O’Flaherty then resigned as House chair of the Judiciary Committee.
The Boston Globe reports about a bill that would eliminate civil and criminal statutes of limitations for childhood sex abuse cases and also abolish the antiquated charitable immunity law for those same cases.
I fully support this proposed law, The Protection from Sexual Predators Act of 2011, House Bill No. 469.
The Boston Globe reports that a series of killings of gay men and women by their partners has alarmed advocates, who say the deaths reflect a serious problem of domestic violence in the gay community that draws scant attention from many in law enforcement.
Since 2010, there have been seven killings as a result of domestic violence, a sharp increase from prior years when advocates reported one to three such homicides.
Last month, a 47-year-old man was accused of stabbing his boyfriend then burying his body beneath a porch in Winthrop.
A freshman state lawmaker defended this week statements he made earlier in the week that suggested that illegal immigrants who are raped should be afraid to contact police, saying that his remarks were “misportrayed” in a newspaper article.
Asked if he felt rape victims living in Massachusetts illegally would be afraid to report the crime if the state endorsed a controversial federal immigration policy, state Representative Ryan C. Fattman, a Sutton Republican, said, “My thought is that if someone is here illegally, they should be afraid to come forward,” according to an account published Wednesday in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette.
The Boston Globe reports that in another statement, Fattman said that in response to hypothetical scenarios posed by a Worcester reporter about immigration, “I responded that I was not concerned with hypothetical situations, but rather real-life situations affecting people who properly obtain their immigration status. I do and always will feel compassion towards victims of violent crimes.
A Brockton man held in a county jail since a traffic stop Sunday was found to have 10 active arrest warrants, including one in a rape in 2001 in Saugus. Lorenzo Echevacia, 39, was arrested by a state trooper on Interstate 95 Sunday in Wakefield on charges of driving without a license and providing false motor vehicle documents. The trooper suspected that he provided her with a false identity, and State Police were able to identify him, even though they said Echevacia had deliberately altered his fingerprints. The FBI later told State Police about the warrants and said that Echevacia had reentered the United States illegally after being deported in 2004. The FBI also said he had used a dozen aliases. Echevacia was arraigned on the motor vehicle charges in Malden District Court and was then taken to Middlesex Superior Court to answer the warrants, including several for drug charges.
The Boston Globe reports that the YMCA of Greater Boston has begun screening all current and prospective members and guests against the state’s registered sex offender list, banning access to those classified as Level 2 or Level 3 offenders — those at moderate or high risk of reoffending.
The measure follows the recommendation of a statewide YMCA task force created to improve safety at the community centers after a former girls basketball coach at the Melrose YMCA, which is run independently of the Greater Boston organization, was arrested in early 2009 and pleaded guilty last summer to sexually assaulting girls at the club.
The Boston Globe reported this week that a convicted rapist has been arrested after allegedly attacking a woman in a Wareham parking lot. Wareham police received several 911 calls around 10:15 p.m., with reports of a woman screaming for help in the Wal-Mart parking lot on Cranberry Highway.
Police said they found the 36-year-old victim “visibly shaken and crying” when they arrived. She told police she had just gotten into her car after shopping, when a man told her she left some bags on the roof of her car.
She got out of the car, and the man grabbed her and pushed her against a van parked next to her, police said. After she started screaming, the attacker put his hand on her mouth and told her to shut up, but the victim bit his hand and kept screaming as he tried to drag her to his car.