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The whistleblower in the ‘American Taliban’ case returns to Brown

John Walker Lindh, better known as the American Taliban, was in US custody in Afghanistan in December 2001. And counter-terrorism prosecutor John DePue had a question: could he be interrogated without a lawyer present?
Truthtelling
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  May 25, 2012
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Hummel’s soft play for a more robust RI media

Michael Healey, best known as the amiable spokesman for former Attorney General Patrick Lynch, has nicknamed independent investigative reporter Jim Hummel's stories the "Hummel Pummel."
Features Dept.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  March 23, 2012
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Who is behind the controversial regulatory takings bill?

Who is behind the controversial regulatory takings bill?
On the takings
By COLIN WOODARD  |  December 23, 2011
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Coakley's true grit

Three recent developments suggest that the worm is turning and that the criminal behavior of the nation's huge money-center banks might finally suffer something approaching real justice.  
In a move that sparked national applause, the Attorney General goes after five financial giants for subprime fraud
By EDITORIAL  |  December 09, 2011

Real pension reform? No thanks; Smokin’ Joe; a call for winter coats

As Phillipe and Jorge go to press, we noted that more than 30 amendments were being proposed for the pension reform bill at the State House.
Last-minute shopping
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  November 18, 2011

AG’s office: ‘If I had it, I wouldn’t give it to you’

For someone whose government job is to handle media inquiries, Brenda Kielty, special assistant to and spokeswoman for Maine Attorney General William Schneider (a Republican), sure says some strange things on the record.
Stonewalling
By JEFF INGLIS  |  August 12, 2011


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Culture notes

You have to give the BeloJo some credit for publishing Tom Chandler's missives on the local poetry scene.
Poetry and prose; not-so-young adults; the return of invective
By RUDY CHEEKS  |  April 22, 2011
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Rabble-rousers, re-enactors, and the New World Order

Charles Picerno, a disheveled rabble-rouser, stands at the back of the crowd while Lincoln Chafee is inaugurated as the state's 58th governor.
The Inauguration
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  January 07, 2011

Kempe to Serve as Kilmartin's Spokesperson


The affable Amy Kempe, spokeswoman for departing Governor Carcieri, will serve as public information officer for Attorney General-elect Peter Kilmartin. Kempe previously worked for Regan Communications and...
By David Scharfenberg  |  December 22, 2010

Kilmartin Won't Continue Lynch's Deepwater Crusade


Outgoing Attorney General Patrick Lynch fired a parting shot today at Deepwater Wind, the company that aims to build a largescale wind farm off the coast...
By David Scharfenberg  |  November 22, 2010

Kilmartin Retains Key AG Staff


Attorney General-elect Peter Kilmartin has announced that he is hanging on to some key staffers from the Patrick Lynch era - Deputy Attorney General Gerald...
By David Scharfenberg  |  November 18, 2010


Notes & Thoughts, Mass. Politics


 Some things on my mind with a mere 10 days to the election....  --Bill Keating's campaign, and supporters, need to be careful not to overplay...
By David S. Bernstein  |  October 23, 2010
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The Looey Guv lunacy; a few endorsements; notable quotes; fond farewells

"You guys have the easiest job in the world," our fellow Vo Dilunders often tell Phillipe and Jorge. "There’s so much political fodder in this state you have enough material for a lifetime."
Fodder by the ton
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  September 24, 2010
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The Democrats' ambitious new chairman

Last month, just a few weeks removed from his long-held post as chairman of the Rhode Island Democratic Party, Bill Lynch walked into the party’s convention as a Congressional candidate and didn’t come close to securing the endorsement.
Party time
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  July 23, 2010
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Patrick Lynch’s labor problem

For Attorney General Patrick C. Lynch, candidate for governor, labor matters.
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By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  May 21, 2010
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GOP’s state convention delivers the bland brand

Massachusetts Republican candidates for office this November might be well-advised to legally change their names and appear on the ballot as “Someone Else,” “Another Option,” or “Available Alternative.”
Dull and Duller Dept.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  April 23, 2010


Doyle May Run for Re-Election in Pawtucket


Pawtucket Mayor James Doyle, long thought to be stepping down at the end of this term, says he is "undecided" about whether he will seek re-election...
By David Scharfenberg  |  March 09, 2010

Kilmartin Names Campaign Staff


Pawtucket Representative Peter Kilmartin, whose interest in running for attorney general was first reported here, has announced the beginnings of a campaign team. His new...
By David Scharfenberg  |  January 20, 2010
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Coakley for Senate

When Massachusetts voters go to the polls on Tuesday to elect a successor to the late Senator Edward Kennedy, they face a choice that is as clear as the difference between black and white.
She has the talent and gumption to tackle the future
By EDITORIAL  |  January 15, 2010
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Chaos Theory

In less than two weeks, when Massachusetts voters elect Martha Coakley to the US Senate — let's not pretend that Republican state senator Scott Brown has any chance of pulling off the monumental upset — they will trigger a massive domino effect that has
2010 might be the year Massachusetts politics undergoes an unprecedented reshuffling.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  January 08, 2010

Q&A #8: Statewide Candidates


"Reuben" asks" Predict the field, and rank from most progressive to most conservative (from your own perspective) for the statewide races for 2010: Attorney General;...
By David S. Bernstein  |  December 11, 2009


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Coakley cashes in at the bar

It's no surprise that Martha Coakley has raised much of her money for her US Senate campaign from lawyers — that has been her professional and social circle for pretty much her entire adult life.
Lawyering Up
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  December 04, 2009
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You're all guilty!

Silverglate's thesis is as provocative as it is simple: justice has become sufficiently perverted in this nation that federal prosecutors, if they put their minds to it, could find a way to indict almost any one of us for almost anything. It is a truly r
In his new book, Three Felonies a Day , Harvey Silverglate dissects the corrupt justice practiced by federal prosecutors
By PETER KADZIS  |  September 25, 2009