21ST CENTURY FROM THE 1800'S..................................
ELECTRIC LIGHTS AND VIDEO EQUIPMENT, NO MORE
OIL LAMPS AND TELEGRAPHS.......................
We can all watch Lindsey Lohan on TV as she is in a California courtroom.
OJ Simpson as he is found innocent in a California court.
Drunken attorneys in other states........................
But in Massachusetts though, our courts still operate in the 1800's
when telegraphs ruled.
TV recording and broadcast equipment not allowed to replace
the PENSIONED UNION BAILIFFS in Mass.
There is not a single court in Massachusetts that has its proceedings broadcast
to the TAXPAYERS who pay for the court!
If you live NEXT to a court in Massachusetts, you don't know what's going
on inside unless
you are inside too!!
How much would it cost to put video cameras inside every Mass. courtroom
to broadcast the proceedings so more people could see the proceedings at home
and NOT have to hire UNION PENSIONED BAILIFFS for 8 hours a day for courts only
open a few hours a week for litigation?
MUCH Cheaper than hiring UNION PENSIONED BAILIFFS.
Massachusetts courts operate under rules of ANCIENT VINTAGE.
Someday they might even put electric lights in our courts!
Pensioned Bailiffs put at risk in antiquated Mass. court system; Fight
breaks out in Mass. court after sentencing as proceedings NOT BROADCAST!
Fray involved defendantsand victim's relatives who could not see the
proceedings at home......
By John R. Ellement
Globe Staff / May 26, 2010
Moments after Terrance Jacobss killers were denounced by his family
yesterday for their animalisticactions, the Boston courtroom exploded into
conflict between relatives of Jacobs and the four men convicted of
murdering the 16-year-old on a Dorchester street in 2007.
The melee erupted inside a Suffolk Superior courtroom after the men were
given the mandatory sentence for second-degree murder life with the
possibility of parole after serving 15 years.
The high tension between the two groups boiled over when one of the
defendants, Markeese Mitchell, 19, of Brockton, stood up and insisted he
had been wrongly convicted.
I just want to say I didnt do it. Its a sad case with a young boy dead, but
I didnt do it,he told Superior Court Judge Judith Fabricant.
The clerk then announced that the men were sentenced to prison for their
Relatives of Mitchell and the other defendants Paul Goode, 27; Pedro Ortiz,
30; and Terrance Pabon, 20, all of Dorchester, who were convicted of
beating and stabbing Jacobs to death to punish him for slashing the face of
their friend became agitated.
One shouted out, What do you mean natural life?
Another stood up crying, saying, I love my baby,then told the victims
relatives, Your people shot one of our people.
The shouting led to slapping and then furious attempts to land punches and
About a dozen court officers rushed into the melee, trying to separate the
battling families. At least a half-dozen police officers, several of them
homicide detectives in suits, also rushed into the fray.
At the same time, a man, later identified by police as 17-year-old Brandon
Pight, leapt up from a rear seat in the courtroom, stood on top of the seat
backs, and allegedly began trying to strike Jacobss relatives.
He was wrestled to the ground and charged with disorderly conduct and
assault and battery on a public employee.
The court officers and police pushed the defendantsrelatives out of the
courtroom and into the hallway.
There, a second man, identified as Reinaldo Ortiz, 26, was arrested on a
disorderly conduct charge.
Nearly every court officer in the building was on hand when the melee
began. Aware that disorder had broken out earlier during the trial, when a
female witness balked at being taken into custody, Juan S. Delossantos,
Suffolk Superior Court chief court officer, had closed other court sessions.
They did a great job,Michael Doolin, the defense attorney for Ortiz, said
of the court officers.
In a statement, Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley denounced the
people involved in the courtroom violence.
It was an affront to the victims family. It showed no respect for the
court. It put everyones safety at risk. It cant be tolerated,said Conley,
who praised the response by police and court officers.
According to Conleys office, in 2007 Jacobs slashed a 14-year-old in the
face with a razor and the youths friends were out for revenge.
On May 22, 2007, on Wilcock Street in Dorchester, Jacobs was beset, an
attack that was interrupted when an ally started firing shots into the air.
Jacobs ran onto neighboring Havelock Street, where he was knocked to the
ground, beaten, and stabbed more than 20 times, prosecutors said.
Before the melee yesterday, Jacobss aunt, Marcia Griffith, recalled the
painful moment when she saw her nephew on a hospital gurney, a white sheet
pulled up to his chin.
We were crying, inconsolable, and hoping he was just asleep and that he
would wake up,Griffith said.
John R. Ellement can be reached at email@example.com.