#1 Boston Judge Refused To Dismiss Charges Against Antifa, Jailed Lawyer Who Argued With Him by ThirstyMan 07.09.2019 03:07


By JOHN SEXTON, September 5, 2019

Saturday, 36 people were arrested in connection with Boston’s “straight-pride parade.” Only two of those people were part of the parade itself. The rest were part of the Antifa counter-protest. As you can see in this arrest log, about half of the people arrested had serious charges against them including assault against police officers. Four officers were injured Saturday and, as of Wednesday, had not returned to duty. The other half were arrested for disorderly conduct and/or resisting arrest, i.e. relatively minor charges.

Tuesday, half of the arrestees were brought before Boston Judge Richard Sinnott. DA Rachel Rollins asked Sinnott to drop charges against 9 people who were arrested Saturday on lesser charges, i.e. resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. Rollins, who is considered a progressive DA, has a standing commitment not to prosecute a list of 15 crimes which include disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. She wanted these counter-protesters to walk.

But Judge Sinnott only agreed to drop charges against two of the nine. That’s very unusual because a judge generally doesn’t decide who will get prosecuted. Tuesday evening DA Rollins published a statement on Facebook criticizing Judge Sinnott’s refusal to dismiss the cases:

By compelling arraignment in every case, the judge punished the exercise of individuals’ First Amendment right to protest. At my request, prosecutors used the discretion constitutionally allocated to the executive branch to triage cases and use our resources most effectively to protect public safety. Make no mistake: some people were appropriately arraigned and will be held accountable for actions that put the safety of the public and law enforcement at risk. For those people now tangled in the criminal justice system for exercising their right to free speech—many of whom had no prior criminal record—I will use the legal process to remedy the judge’s overstepping of his role.

A defense attorney named Susan Church who was representing some of the defendants tweeted her own reaction to Judge Sinnott’s refusal to dismiss: “The Judge has zero authority to do that. Zilch. A severe overstep. Although the court can deny a dismissal arguably (very thin argument) they cannot for a nol prosse. Trumps’ screw the law attitude seeping down to district court judges I see.” Church, who previously represented Occupy Boston, tried to argue this same point with the judge in person and wound up in handcuffs:

“All I was trying to do was read the law to the court,” Church said. “And I was summarily arrested, handcuffed, brought down to the holding cell, held there for hours … simply for doing my job and advocating for my client.”…

Sinnott, who declined requests from prosecutors to dismiss some of the cases the day before, pushed back against Church when she spoke out about statutes regarding case dismissals.

“This is the only warning you’re going to get. Do not try to talk over me, do not try to turn this into theater,” Sinnott said before ordering Church to be held in contempt.


So the progressive DA, the ACLU, and the progressive defense attorney are all unhappy with Judge Sinnott. The Massachusetts Association of Defense Attorneys has called for an investigation of the judge and DA Rollins has asked the state’s Supreme Court to overrule him. Based on what I’m reading, that seems likely to happen.

Finally, I have to point out that when writing about this story, a Boston Globe columnist managed to include this idiotic defense of Antifa:

Perhaps Sinnott has a bee in his bonnet about these particular demonstrators, whom the right derisively calls “Antifa” — it is meant as a disparagement, because being antifascist is apparently a bad thing now. The judge, who comes from a family with a background in law enforcement, is certainly sympathetic to police officers, who have been accused of being too rough with those they arrested on Saturday.

It never ceases to amaze me that left-leaning journos support a group whose stated mission is political violence carried out behind masks to escape accountability. It’s not like any of this is a secret. Just a few days ago the Boston Herald quoted an Antifa member who said, “We’re covered in black so when we attack these guys we can’t be prosecuted.” So even when, as in this case, these goons are attacking and injuring the city’s police, there are still numbskulls like this Globe columnist or CNN’s Don Lemon who are eager to defend them.

And speaking of the police, the Police union was the only group who seemed happy with Judge Sinnott’s stand against giving Antifa a pass.


#2 RE: Boston Judge Refused To Dismiss Charges Against Antifa, Jailed Lawyer Who Argued With Him by ThirstyMan 07.09.2019 03:12


Comments under the article:

John Streby
It is extremely irresponsible for any prosecutor to publicly declare that certain crimes will not be prosecuted, thereby encouraging people to commit such crimes. Yet this is a recent trend among "progressive" prosecutors who what to leverage the discretion that the law gives them into a means of social engineering, action by means of inaction, to basically send a message that laws they disagree with don't matter in their county. This is disgusting and odious.

Thomas Joseph
As an attorney I was taught in law school to condut myself with the highest degree of respect for a judge in their courtroom. Apparently this left wing lawyer thinks that law doesn't apply to them and they can spout off and violate rules of conduct in a court room. It wasn't simply that she was handcuffed while doing her job-she was being rude, arrogant, dismissive and unruly. There is such a thing as decorum in a court room and the left would do well to learn it. I stand with this judge and the defense of his courtroom.

This judge is standing up to the shenanigans of the left and they’re now on a vendetta to destroy him by calling for an investigation and asking the states Supreme Court to over rule him.
Since when did resisting arrest and disorderly conduct fall under the 1st amm of free speech???? What I see here is another democrat controlled city thats gone to Hell by corrupt bureaucrats protecting Antifa.

#3 RE: Boston Judge Refused To Dismiss Charges Against Antifa, Jailed Lawyer Who Argued With Him by Cincinnatus 07.09.2019 05:21


Just out of curiosity, if the DA is obviously partial to the Antif(irst)a(mendment) defendants, who is going to prosecute them?

Reminds of Solzhenitsyn's description of Stalinist justice only in reverse. According to him, lawyers for the "defense" would often denounce their own clients as anti-social thugs and miscreants.

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