Remove Judge David Ricciardone

Remove Judge David Ricciardone

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Michael Echeverria started this petition to State Representative Mary S. Keefe and

Judge David Ricciardone of the Commonwealth  of Massachusetts Superior Court Department needs to be removed from the bench and investigated. Mr Ricciardone has not only avoided reading pleadings, is offensive and harsh but he has a long record of assisting the wrong side of the law.

Before being appointed to the Superior Court, Dave was a Worcester District Court Judge. During his tenure on the District Court in 2008, Dave presided over the case of John Szantyr, an ex-priest charged with sexually violating two boys 20 years earlier.
In allowing the pedophile priest to escape criminal liability for his disgusting conduct, Ricciardone  dismissed  the criminal charges on the laughable claim that he was not competent to stand trial.
This asinine ruling by Dave even though he was told by Dr. Malcolm Rogers, a competency evaluator that the Priest understood the charges against him and was capable of assisting in his own defense.
Ricciardone ignored Dr. Rogers’ testimony in lieu of relying on the non-expert opinions of the Priest  brother and an ex-nurse’s aide, both of whom had absolutely no experience with competency evaluations.
When the prosecutor asked to bring forward five (5) witnesses who would testify they’d seen the Priest  functioning without difficulty in social and professional situation, Judge Ricciardone  denied the request.
It is troubling to know that this so-called judge exhibited more compassion and concern for a celebrated child molester then he did for their victims.
Unfortunately, in Massachusetts you can’t get rid of an incompetent  Judge like Ricciardone , Put simply, the voters were duped into agreeing to lifetime appointments for judges.

It was also reported in the Boston Herald PUBLISHED: The answer is Judge David Ricciardone.

The question is, who’s the damn-fool hack state judge who released Stewart Weldon on $1,000 bail after the local cops had arrested him 16 times on 68 different charges?

Does that name Ricciardone ring a bell? Think of him as the Judge Timothy Feeley of the 413 area code, a payroll patriot out of the corrupt Worcester District Attorney’s Office who never met a bloodthirsty thug he didn’t want to give a big wet kiss to.

Weldon was arrested again late last month and charged with kidnapping and rape after a car chase. Three days later, cops dug up the bodies of three women on his mother’s property in Springfield.

Even before the exhumation of the bodies, it was clear that this Weldon was a real bad actor. He’s had multiple default warrants issued and has repeatedly assaulted police officers. Last October, he was confronted by police as he allegedly beat a woman on the street. He duked it out with the cops, biting one of them on the leg.

His initial bond was set at $2,500, but Ricciardone cut Weldon’s bail to $1,000 and ordered a GPS bracelet. Weldon promptly cut it off and … the rest is history.

I called the Trial Court yesterday and asked if Ricciardone wanted to defend this latest atrocity of his. Through the court flack, he declined to comment.

It’s been a busy year for Ricciardone. In March, he had three felons in front of him who had pleaded guilty to a home invasion. They poured gasoline over the head of a 63-year-old woman and then flicked a cigarette lighter inches from her ear, while threatening to rape her.

The prosecutors asked for 30-35 years. Ricciardone gave two of them 8-10 years, and the third 12-14. Hampden DA Anthony Gulluni, a Democrat, was shocked, especially when the judge said that although the thugs had terrified the woman, she actually hadn’t been “injured.”

“I find that incredibly offensive,” Gulluni said about the judge’s remarks.

But wait, there’s more. That same month, the judge cut loose an accused murderer on $50,000 bond — after he shot a guy sitting in a car six times. The defendant, one Rafael Martinez, is looking at the possibility of life without parole. Can someone say, “flight risk”?

After Martinez swaggered out of the jail, the mayor of Springfield denounced his low bail as a “joke.” 

I wrote in March how when Ricciardone was nominated for his first judgeship by Gov. Mitt Romney, he said that he wanted to be “unfettered” in his decisions.

“My own view of the use of discretion,” he wrote to the Governor’s Council, “is that it must be as unfettered as possible to promote the ends of justice.”

Surely he meant to say, the end of justice.

 He worked in the Worcester DA’s office with another future judge named Tim Bibaud, whose daughter’s drug arrest brought down the entire hierarchy of the Massachusetts State Police last fall.

Another graduate of the crime school known as the Worcester DA’s office: Daniel Bennett, the executive secretary of Public Safety, now accused in a federal lawsuit of engaging in a far-reaching criminal conspiracy to obstruct justice in the failed brooming of the OUI case of his pal Judge Bibaud’s daughter.

Bennett is now the supervisor of Tom Turco, the $160,000-a-year mega-hack commissioner of the Department of Correction. Turco, a former probation officer in that same courthouse, got his job the old-fashioned way — he gave $4,250 to Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito. Now he has turned the DOC into a massive hack hiring hall — more on that later.

By Boston Herald The word of the day is “unfettered.”

That’s the kind of discretion Hampden Superior Court Judge David Ricciardone said he wanted when he was first nominated for a hack state judgeship back in 2004.

“My own view of the use of discretion,” he wrote to the Governor’s Council, “is that it must be as unfettered as possible to promote the ends of justice.”

The ends of justice? Given his recent behavior on the bench, surely Ricciardone meant to say he wanted to promote the “end of justice.”

Over the last week or so, Ricciardone has certainly been “unfettered” in his attempts to mollycoddle the absolute worst of the worst criminals in Springfield.

Last week, an accused murderer by the name of Rafael Martinez walked out the door of the local jail on $50,000 bond — despite the desperate pleas of the district attorney to keep the accused killer behind bars while he awaits a trial that could lead to life imprisonment with no chance of parole.

Martinez is accused of shooting a guy sitting in a car outside his house six times. I’m sure he’s not a flight risk, right?

The mayor of Springfield called the judge’s decision to cut Martinez loose a “joke.” 

But wait, there’s more. Last week, Ricciardone also had before him three felons who had pleaded guilty to a home invasion of a 63-year-old woman, after which they poured gasoline over her head and then flicked a lighter next to her ear before she finally gave them her ATM card.

In addition to home invasion, the three thugs pleaded guilty to armed burglary, armed robbery, kidnapping, and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon on a person over 60.

The Hampden County DA, Anthony Gulluni, asked the bleeding-heart judge to give the perps 30 to 35 years. Instead, Harvard man Ricciardone sentenced two of them to between 8 and 10 years, and the third to 12 to 14 years.

In other words, he threw the book at the vicious fiends. A comic book.

The DA was appalled, describing the crime to the local newspaper:

“It was among the most inhuman, heinous things I’ve ever heard. It absolutely shocks the conscience and it’s just horrifying. … I mean this is monstrous behavior. We wouldn’t treat animals like this. We would be horrified if an animal were treated this way.”

But Ricciardone pointed out that the victim, despite being terrified of being raped and set afire, was actually not “injured.”

“I find that (statement) incredibly offensive,” Gulluni said.

So who is this “unfettered” jurist? Would you be shocked to learn that, post-Harvard, he was incubated in the epicenter of almost all the current dysfunction in Massachusetts law enforcement — the Worcester County District Attorney’s Office?

Another ADA in that hackerama was one Timothy Bibaud, father of the admitted junkie prostitute whose OUI case the top brass of the Mass. State Police tried to broom last fall, threatening to fire honest staties who refused to roll over for the payroll patriots. Alli Bibaud, the admitted hooker, is likewise a former employee of the Worcester County DA’s office.

So too is the secretary of public safety, Daniel Bennett, who now stands accused in a massive federal lawsuit of engaging in a criminal conspiracy to obstruct justice in the failed brooming of the case of the judge’s daughter.

When he was governor, Mitt Romney preferred to appoint prosecutors, thinking they were less likely to go, shall we say, all Ricciardone on him. Obviously, this was not a foolproof plan. The next governor, Small Deval Patrick, promoted the bleeding heart to the Superior Court in 2011.

Ricciardone was sworn in by then-Lt. Gov. Tim “Crash” Murray, shortly before Crash resigned in disgrace after going airborne in a state car at 108 mph on Interstate 190 after the corruption indictment of his dear friend and fellow hack Michael McLaughlin.

Emails were sent to the flacks for the Massachusetts judiciary, asking if Ricciardone wanted to explain his recent decisions and also how close he was to Judge Bibaud in their days together at the Worcester County DA’s office. Through the Trial Court, he declined to respond .

He’s a judge in Massachusetts, after all, totally unaccountable. He’s gotten three $6,250 raises in the last 15 months, he’s getting another one July 1 and he never has to run for re-election. Talk about unfettered …

In the halls of justice, the only justice is in the halls.



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