Ross Currier, 26, an accountant was seen in the North end of Boston playing basketball by a woman who had been recently sexually assaulted. She told police that she was 90 to 95% sure that he was the man who assaulted her. Currier was arrested and charged with sexual assault, he was released on bail and forced to wear a GPS bracelet on his leg this past month.
It was only after his alibi checked out through independent witnesses that the prosecutor agreed that they had arrested the wrong man. The case was dismissed in Boston Municipal Court and Currier made a statement to the press requesting someone take responsibility for what happened and apologize.
This incident is a strong reminder of how eye witnesses and victims can misidentify a suspect very easily. What happens in a traumatic moment can be remembered far differently than what actually occurred. Our brains process and remember sensory input differently and memory accuracy is affected by stress and anxiety.
On December 29, 2011 Salem Massachusetts a young couple was an argument while driving down Federal Street witnesses say the man began to beat his 18-year-old girlfriend in the car. When someone approached the vehicle to help the young woman tried to exit the car and got her legs stuck on the seat the driver took off dragging his girlfriend 400 feet down the road.
The woman eventually broke free the man drove over her left arm breaking it. Soon police found the woman with visible injuries on her face and road rash on her right side, her left arm was broken.
Salem police were able to identify the boyfriend is Daniel Rodriguez, 22, of Jamaica Plain Boston. They are currently trying to find him.
This took place after a national effort to find and remove illegal immigrants with prior criminal convictions some with multiple criminal convictions. US immigration and customs enforcement better known as ICE conducted a nationwide sweep that lasted seven days which detained immigrants with felony convictions such as: manslaughter attempted murder, kidnapping, armed robbery, drug trafficking, child abuse, sexual crimes and aggravated assault. ICE named this operation crosscheck and said it was the largest of its kind involved over 1900 officers and agents from the 24 field offices with police organizations offering assistance.
19 arrests occurred in Boston, many of those arrested were already considered immigration fugitives in that they had been previously ordered removed from the country but failed to leave, some had been previously deported and had reentered illegally.
Some of those arrested were presented to both local and federal authorities for criminal prosecution at least 146 of those arrested were being considered for prosecution on a variety of charges including illegal reentry after deportation a federal charge which can carry up to 20 years in prison.
Michael Ciarlone, 54, is accused in Chelsea District Court of using his truck with a plow to push snow around a vehicle that he believed parked in his spot. When the vehicle owner and other neighbors came out to confront him he pinned a neighbor with his truck and then kicked him in the head. He’s accused of striking another man breaking his glasses.
These assaults occurred last month but the defendant was arraigned today in Chelsea District Court. The police claim that the defendant was intoxicated when they arrived he was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, malicious destruction of property and operating under the influence.
The defendant was released without bail and told to avoid contact with the victims in the case.
A Lawrence man attempted to get a restraining order against Mayor William Lantigua, the man claimed that the mayor made obscene gestures and swore at him. The man admitted that he had been following the mayor. The judge found that although the mayor’s conduct as described may have been rude it did not amount to criminal harassment which is necessary to obtain a restraining order.
Massachusetts law now allows a person who can prove criminal harassment to obtain a restraining order against another. Restraining orders in the past were reserved for those involved in a domestic relationship. To prove criminal harassment one must show a repeated behavioral pattern of harassment which can take the form of annoying phone calls, threats or acts of violence.
If you are being investigated for criminal harassment or you face a restraining order hearing feel free to call Frank Fernandez, a Boston criminal defense attorney who has represented many clients at restraining order and criminal harassment hearings.
Dedham, Massachusetts resident William Spada shot his wife Patricia Spada then his daughter Deidre Spada before turning the gun on himself in a domestic violence incident which left him and his wife dead and his daughter in the hospital in critical condition. The daughter’s boyfriend was an eyewitness who narrowly escaped the shooting by running out of the house.
Massachusetts has a zero tolerance policy towards acts of domestic violence. If police respond to a home and a party alleges that a threat or an assault occurred they will make an arrest. This is done to avoid the police getting blamed for not diffusing what later can be an explosive situation as the one which occurred yesterday at the Spada home.
The flip side of the zero tolerance policy is that if an arrest is made based on a false allegation of assault or the accusing party no longer wishes to proceed with charges it becomes very difficult to undo. An experienced criminal attorney is needed to help guide you through the Court process. An alleged victim will be summonsed into to court to testify whether they want to proceed with the charges or not. The prosecutor will not just drop assault and battery charges on the whim of the alleged victim.