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February 15, 2010
Another Dem in Congress implodes (updated)
Saturday's Boston Globe reported that Congressman William Delahunt may not run for reelection.
The timing of this story is interesting because yesterday the Boston media was also full of stories of one of Delahunt's more dubious achievements in public office, his role in the 1986 decision classify the shotgun death of Amy Bishop's 18 year old brother, Seth, as an accident. Bishop, 43, is accused of murdering three colleagues at the University of Alabama, Huntsville on Friday after she learned she had been denied tenure. Filing criminal charges against Bishop for her first shooting fatality certainly might have made a difference in the lives of three people last Friday.
The file in the Braintree, Massachusetts police department has oddly gone missing, but as is often the case in such circumstances, the officers involved remember the case well. Violent crime is uncommon in Braintree and then 19 year old Amy had to be arrested at gunpoint outside the house as she was brandishing the shotgun and seemed to be attempting to flee the scene. Then there were the discrepancies in the witnesses' statements as to what exactly had happened inside the house. Supposedly Amy had asked for help to learn how to unload the gun and it went off -- some three times. The final factors that made the incident memorable was that the mother was on the town's Board of Personnel and that no charges were ever filed because detectives were dismissed from the case. Cops can have long memories about cases that give off the stench of a cover up.
Getting off three shots is one way to unload a shotgun while a blast to the midsection can certainly be called sudden death.
Massachusetts in the 1980s was not a bright spot in American criminal justice. Misguided compassion resulted in the infamous Willy Horton case. Delahuunt himself faced questions about his role in another murder by a furloughed prisoner during his first Congressional race in 1996. There was also the witch hunt of he Fells Acre Day Care case, in which innocent people were convicted of child molestation as well as numerable controversies over decisions to parole felons and of course summering under it all the decades long history of the Boston Archdiocese covering up incidents of priests molesting children and adolescents
But justice delayed is not always justice denied. Stories about Martha Coakley's prosecutorial overreach in continuing the unjust treatment of those convicted in Fells Acres as well as her seeming reluctance to prosecute a local policeman accused of a chilling brutal child rape were part of the local background against which the Brown campaign played out.
Whether this 1986 incident is a one of misguided compassion towards a family that had suffered one tragedy and hoped private counseling would suffice with a serious behavior problem or just a crass cover up among members of the local power structure, renewed interest in the case comes at a bad time for the multi term Congressman.
Richard Baehr adds:
Delahunt is one of the most far left members of Congress, a shill for Hugo Chavez and his allies in Latin America. His district went 61% for Scott Brown, and he is out of tune with the voters.
Update from Rosslyn Smith:
Through Richard Fernandez at Pajamas Media came this link to a statement by Braintree Police Chief Paul Frazier.
Thesecond piece of bad news is that an investigation is being opened into what happened to the official record of the incident, which seem to have disappered soon afterwards.
“It is troubling that this incident has come to light. I can assure you that the members of the Braintree Police Department maintain the highest of integrity. Since it was discovered this morning that the report is missing, I have been in contact with Mayor Joseph Sullivan. Mayor Sullivan and I have spoken with District Attorney William Keating and we will be meeting with him next week to discuss this situation. The Mayor supports a full review of this matter and agrees that we want to know where the records are.”