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Bernard Baran

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Guilty until proven guilty

The US Supreme Court's June 18 decision denying prisoners access to DNA testing — a procedure that could reliably prove innocence — adds to the high court's decades-long shameful record on criminal-justice issues.
Freedom Watch
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  June 26, 2009

Obliging our readers

I wanted to thank the Phoenix for running  the stirring letter from Nathan Ahlers  last week.
Letters to the Boston editor: September 8, 2006
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  September 06, 2006
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Gagging Baran’s lawyers — for justice or politics?

It took a lot of loud lawyering to finally, after 21 years, get some measure of justice for Bernard Baran, who was convicted in 1985 of molesting children at a day care center and won the right to a retrial in June.
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By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  August 02, 2006
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Free at last

Bernard Baran was released from prison on June 30, and is now free on bail awaiting a new trial. The Baran interview: an extended transcript of Michael Bronski and Catherine Tumber's conversation with Bernard Baran.
Bernard Baran talks about how he survived 21 years in prison and the gay community’s unwillingness to take up his fight
By MICHAEL BRONSKI AND CATHERINE TUMBER  |  July 14, 2006


The trials of Bernard Baran

This story originally appeared in the June 18, 2004 issue of the Boston Phoenix .
Twenty years ago, a  young gay man was convicted of multiple counts of molestation. There is good reason to believe he is innocent.
By DORI BERMAN, CARRIE LOCK, RICHARD RAINEY, AND LINDSAY TAUB  |  July 12, 2006

Criminal justice

In an exhaustive and unequivocal recent decision, Massachusetts Superior Court Judge Francis R. Fecteau ordered a new trial for Bernard Baran.
After 21 years, Bernard Baran finally wins retrial
By DUSTIN LEWIS  |  June 21, 2006