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Berkshire County legal system comes under the gaze of court watchers

Berkshire County Courthouse, photo by Alexius Horatius; [CC BY-SA 3.0] via Wikimedia Commons.
Berkshire County Courthouse, Pittsfield, Mass., photo by AlexiusHoratius; [ CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons.

by Jason Velázquez

The public has had a fascination with justice, or at least the meting out of punishment, since at least as early as the Middle Ages. Gathering some rotten produce and taking the kids down to the local stocks, gallows, or executioner’s block is a sure way to turn any Saturday morning into memorable family time.

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Former SVU prosecutor says Berkshire DA office handling of rape case “a travesty”

To the Editor:

I am an attorney, admitted to the bar for forty-five years, and write in regard to the race for District Attorney.

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Berkshire DA handling of sexual assault evidence under fire

by Eoin Higgins, special to the Greylock Glass

CONTENT ADVISORY: The materials contained in the ancillary documents contain subject matter describing sexually traumatic experiences that some readers may find disturbing

NOTE: This story has new developments. View the updates here.

The Berkshire County District Attorney race is seeing the convergence of #MeToo, the midterms, and criminal justice reform become a major campaign issue in the final days of the campaign as the DA’s handling of sexual assault at a prestigious local college is raising questions in the community.

(from left to right) Former Berkshire District Attorney David Capeless and incumbent candidate for District Attorney Paul Caccaviello; photo courtesy mass.gov, background image by Jason Velázquez
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Knight Endorses Caccaviello

Judith Knight announces her endorsement for former Democratic candidate for District Attorney Paul Caccaviello.
Judith Knight announced her endorsement for former Democratic, turned independent, candidate for District Attorney Paul Caccaviello on the steps of the Berkshire County Court House October 16; photo courtesy Josh Landes via Twitter—@JoshLandesWAMC. courtesy Twitter:

Judith Knight endorsed Paul Caccaviello’s write in campaign for Berkshire County District Attorney on Tuesday. WAMC’s Josh Landes broke the story on Twitter.

Judith Knight announces her endorsement for former Democratic candidate for District Attorney Paul Caccaviello.
Judith Knight announced her endorsement for former Democratic, turned independent, candidate for District Attorney Paul Caccaviello on the steps of the Berkshire County Court House October 16; photo courtesy Josh Landes, Berkshire Bureau Chief for WAMC Radio, via Twitter — @JoshLandesWAMC.

Knight, who ran against incumbent DA Caccaviello and Andrea Harrington in the Democratic primary — Harrington won — said she would be taking a position as the overseer, and thus far sole member, of a newly formed citizen’s advisory board to the DA. 

Tuesday’s announcement — the full video is below via 95.9 — came with sharp criticism of Harrington by Knight, who referred to the Democratic nominee as vindictive and corrupt.

Video courtesy Live 95.9 WBEC FM, via YouTube.com

It’s the latest in a string of dramatic political moments in the campaign, which began when former DA David Capeless orchestrated a handover of the office to Caccaviello, Capeless’s preferred successor. Capeless worked with Governor Charlie Baker to ensure the power transfer went over smoothly, but in a stunning turn of events Harrington edged out Caccaviello on September 4 in the primary (Knight was a distant third). Caccaviello’s subsequent decision to run a write in campaign has earned him both criticism and support in the community.

Three weeks to go… 

Eoin Higgins
Eoin Higgins

Eoin Higgins is a writer and historian from western Massachusetts.

More of our coverage of the race for Berkshire County District Attorney:

Berkshire DA handling of sexual assault evidence under fire

DA response to controversy over 2016 sexual assault case raises more questions

Letter: Experience building relationships key reason to vote Harrington for DA

Top Left Corner #33: A Conversation with Mass. State Senate Candidate Andrea Harrington

Andrea Harrington, a native of XYZ, will be on the Democratic primary ballot on September 8 (campaign photo).
Andrea Harrington, a native of XYZ, will be on the Democratic primary ballot on September 8 (campaign photo).

Andrea Harrington will be on the Democratic primary ballot on September 8 (campaign photo).
Andrea Harrington will be on the Democratic primary ballot on September 8 (campaign photo).

About Andrea Harrington

(excerpted from submitted materials)

For Andrea Harrington, this district is home. She grew up here, she attended Taconic High School in Pittsfield, and now with her husband Tim, she’s raising two young sons as a mom herself. Having spent the past decade of her life in the district, she knows on a personal level that it is defined not by its geography, but by its people.

Get in touch with Andrea Harrington

http://www.andreaforsenate.com
https://www.facebook.com/andreaharringtonforsenate
https://twitter.com/andreaforsenate

Andrea is a practicing attorney and started her law practice 13 years ago. While working to defend those who had trouble affording representation and fighting to overturn wrongful convictions, she saw first-hand the problems that plague our criminal justice system. Andrea also gained a deep understanding of the importance of listening to people and earning their trust.

As a small business owner, an attorney, a parent, and a true local, Andrea Harrington has the unique experience and perspective to represent this district Her experiences have reaffirmed the importance of hard work and being responsible; the very values that her parents and teachers instilled in her from a young age. She’s proven herself a competent businesswoman and attorney, a doer who can seize the initiative and who knows what it takes to succeed.

And LEST we forget…Andrea Harrington was the only candidate to correctly identify the Western Mass (Un)Official Salutation…

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Top Left Corner #32: A Conversation with Mass. State Senate Candidate Rinaldo Del Gallo

Rinaldo Del Gallo, III is a Pittsfield native who will be on the Democratic Primary ballot September 8 (campaign photo).
Rinaldo Del Gallo, III is a Pittsfield native who will be on the Democratic Primary ballot September 8 (campaign photo).

Rinaldo Del Gallo, III is a Pittsfield native who will be on the Democratic Primary ballot September 8 (campaign photo).
Rinaldo Del Gallo, III is a Pittsfield native who will be on the Democratic Primary ballot September 8 (campaign photo).

About Rinaldo Del Gallo

(excerpted from submitted materials)

Rinaldo Del Gallo III has not only been in the Berkshires for the last 16 years, he was raised in Pittsfield. He is one of us and has not been living elsewhere. He has also been a highly visible member of the community during the entirety of that time.

Get in touch with Rinaldo Del Gallo

http://statesenate.rinaldodelgallo.com

https://www.facebook.com/DelGalloforSenate2016

https://twitter.com/delgallo4senate

Since returning to the Berkshire 16 years ago, Del Gallo ran a free legal clinic for the Berkshire Fatherhood Coalition, for non-custodial parents (and sometimes custodial parents) for over a decade. With the Berkshire Fatherhood Coalition, he has appeared in the Pittsfield Fourth of July Parade, the North Adams Fall Foliage Parade, and the Pittsfield Halloween Parade on over 35 occasions, turning the organization into a community group benefiting the community.

From doing the pro bono work of any 30 average attorneys in Berkshire County for the indigent; to writing about progressive causes for local papers (as well as other topics) without compensation; to his endless volunteer hours at the Berkshire Fatherhood Coalition both lobbying and running a weekly free legal clinic for over a decade; to his fight for the First Amendment pro bono or for almost no cost; to his volunteer efforts to have good zoning laws; to his fight for animal’s rights and the environment (done also without pay); to his involvement in numerous other causes and issues of public interest too numerous to enumerate without recompense; to volunteering as an usher and greeter at both Tanglewood and Shakespeare and Company; Del Gallo has shown a willingness to give and volunteer for the betterment of his community over and over again. He has big heart that will serve him well in the legislature.

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Top Left Corner #31: A Conversation with Mass. State Senate Candidate Adam Hinds

Adam Hinds spoke with the Greylock Glass before the August 17 debate at MCLA (campaign photo).
Adam Hinds spoke with the Greylock Glass before the August 17 debate at MCLA (campaign photo).

About Adam Hinds

(excerpted from submitted materials)

A native of the district, Adam was raised in Buckland and attended Mohawk Trail Regional High School, where his mother was a librarian and his Vietnam Veteran father was a school teacher.  He studied at Wesleyan University before studying international law and negotiation at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

Get in touch with Adam Hinds

http://www.adamhinds.org
https://twitter.com/adamghinds
https://www.facebook.com/adamhindsforstatesenate

Adam has been a resident of Pittsfield in recent years, where he started Pittsfield Community Connection, a program designed to proactively engage at-risk youth before exposure to and engagement in violence and crime.  He, along with Pittsfield City officials, was successful in winning a grant that will bring up to $5 million to Pittsfield to move young men engaged in illegal activities towards education, jobs, and counseling. He continues to serve as the Chair of the program’s Steering Committee and is an active Board Member of Downtown Pittsfield Inc., dedicated to fostering local economic development.

Adam is currently the Executive Director of the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition based in North Adams. As the leader of this organization, he works to connect, engage and empower regional residents and actors to respond to local challenges. This includes issues related to employment, health and addiction.

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