January 06, 2010

Trouble for Coakley in Massachusetts

Before becoming a U.S. Senate candidate that expected to waltz into Ted Kennedy's old Senate seat merely for having a "D" behind her name, Martha Coakley was a prosecutor. The left-leaning Boston Globe is far from content with what would normally be their obvious choice over Republican candidate Scott Brown.

Maybe it's because she seemed so ambivalent about prosecuting child rapists:

In October 2005, a Somerville police officer living in Melrose raped his 23-month-old niece with a hot object, most likely a curling iron.

Keith Winfield, then 31, told police he was alone with the toddler that day and made additional statements that would ultimately be used to convict him.

But in the aftermath of the crime, a Middlesex County grand jury overseen by Martha Coakley, then the district attorney, investigated without taking action.

It was only after the toddler's mother filed applications for criminal complaints that Coakley won grand jury indictments charging rape and assault and battery.

Even then, nearly 10 months after the crime, Coakley's office recommended that Winfield be released on personal recognizance, with no cash bail. He remained free until December 2007, when Coakley's successor as district attorney won a conviction and two life terms.

Even as an isolated case this looks bad for Coakley, but I could understand how sympathetic people might consider her giving her the benefit of the doubt for having a bad case. OH, if it were only one bad case. But Winfield wasn't the first rapist she'd been soft on.

As Jules Crittenden notes, Coakley was also the prosecutor who allowed John Geoghan, the poster boy for Catholic priest pedophilia, to secretly plead to a probation deal in 1995. Geoghan molested at least 130 victims before finally being sentenced to prison.

I'm sure that there are voters in Massachusetts who can hold their nose, find a comfortable rationalization, and cast a vote for Coakley knowing her past.

But I imagine there quite a few more that now look on her with richly deserved suspicion.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at January 6, 2010 10:58 AM

here's another example of what a statist weasil she is.

she seems to be all about misdirected compassion for evil doers and harsh response for the righteous.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008
This Is Unbelievable...Not

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, talking about criticizing the father who punched out the guy he caught molesting his 4-year-old son in a supermarket men's room (and, who was subsequently arrested for his morally just actions).

"All I'm saying is that...we really try and discourage people from self-help."

Up yours, you arrogant, condescending, authoritarian bitch!

Fuck you and every other fascist scumbag down in Massachusetts, suckling from the taxpayers' teat, masquerading as faithful servants of the public trust, whilst bending over to make life as comfortable as possible for the most reprehensible breed of subhuman filth walking our streets.

I pray that some day, should you find yourself in a similar situation, needing to indulge in a little "self-help", you have the wherewithal to step down off your high horse and comply with your own oppressive, authoritarian dogma, and surrender yourself to the next piece of garbage, lowlife predator looking to treat you like a slab of beef."

Posted by: rumcrook¾ at January 6, 2010 11:14 AM

I'd have a little more sympathy for her had she not kept an innocent man in prison for years on false molestation charges. Read Ann Coulter's article on that situation!

I hope that there are enough people in MA who realize that she deos NOT need to be rewarded for this sort of behavior with a Senate position.

If they can't bring themselves to vote Republican, (and they are mighty, mighty Blue up there!) I hope they at least stay home.

Posted by: MissTammy at January 6, 2010 02:56 PM