WGBH SPECIAL REPORT
WGBH News has been covering the shooting death of Danroy “DJ” Henry, the Pace University football player from Easton, Massachusetts, since it happened in October 2010. Since the shooting, Henry’s death has continued to stir controversy over issues of police training and race.
The Boston Globe reported Nov. 20 that Mass. inmates have an unusually difficult time getting access to DNA evidence that might exonerate them. WGBH News asked whether that evidence might help Tyrone Dixon, a man serving life.
Legislators are considering a bill that would allow inmates access to DNA evidence that was critical to their convictions. Advocates say the law can help free the innocent. Opponents believe the bill might serve to assist the guilty.
What will Sal DiMasi's life be like at new home, the Federal Medical Center in Lexington, Ky.? A former federal prosecutor says that for a prison, it's a pretty nice place.
COURTS AND THE LAW
Mass. Attorney General Martha Coakley filed a lawsuit on Dec. 1 against five national mortgage lenders, in what could be a setback for broader national negotiations.
In an interview with WGBH News, Mass. Attorney General Martha Coakley defended her decision to sue five major banks. One of those banks has announced it will stop buying new mortgages written by third parties in Mass.
In her first interview since parting with her incarcerated husband Sal DiMasi, Debbie DiMasi opened up to WGBH News' Emily Rooney about the transition, her health and Boston media.
Army Sgt. Brent McBride, facing murder charges for allegedly killing Sgt. Matthew Gallagher of Falmouth, testified on Dec. 17 that Gallagher died while playing a game of "quick-draw."
The conviction of Tarek Mehanna on charges that he conspired to help al-Qaida and plotted to kill US soldiers raises questions about freedom of speech in a lengthy war on terror.
On Nov. 5, 2008, shortly after Barack Obama was elected president of the United States, Michael Jacques and two other men set an African American church on fire in protest. The Macedonia Church of God in Christ in Springfield, Mass. burnt to the ground. On Dec. 22, Jacques received his sentence.
The family of Danroy “DJ” Henry has turned down an offer from the Westchester Country district attorney’s office to review surveillance tape that was recorded the night of the shooting. The offer was predicated on the condition that the family not make public what is on the tapes.
State Attorney General Martha Coakley discussed several of her office's key concerns and cases as the year draws to a close.
The Mass. Supreme Judicial Court has no problem with the state-sanctioned power purchase agreement between Cape Wind and the utility National Grid, ruling that the deal is in the public's interest.
The newly released black-box data on Lt. Gov. Tim Murray's November car crash may be creating as many questions as it answers.
Tarek Mehanna, his brother said, brought the same passion and scholarship to the study of Islam and Arabic that he'd brought to all his previous interests — and that's why he translated those videos.
Mass. Lt. Gov. Tim Murray continues to resist calls to release his cell phone records from the days surrounding his Nov. 2 car crash. It’s his latest effort to limit access to information about the unusual high-speed, pre-dawn crash — and a watchdog group says it could be hard to force more information out.
Public safety officials, prisoner advocates and judges are arguing over whether or not the state should pass the "three-strikes" law that's currently on the table on Beacon Hill.
Newton superintendent of schools David Fleishman said that though two public employees have been arrested in two weeks on child pornography charges, "most people can be trusted."
Progress this week on the so-called "three strikes" habitual offenders bill is leading observers to believe some version of the law will pass this year, despite ongoing criticism from communities of color.
As sports fans watched the Patriots-Giants Super Bowl in record numbers, Indianapolis police, taxi drivers and private security were keeping a close eye on venues where trafficking might take place.
Massachusetts lawmakers are considering proposals to collect DNA from people who have been arrested for felonies but not yet convicted, raising concerns about civil rights and privacy.
Beacon Hill is quaking over the return of former Mass. House Speaker Sal DiMasi, whose knowledge of corruption in the Probation Department could get some people into trouble.
Was judge Christina Harms in the right when she ruled that a mentally ill woman should have an abortion and undergo sterilization? She defended her decision and explained her thinking to WGBH News.
THIS WEEK ON BEACON HILL
This week in Mass. state politics, Gov. Deval Patrick continues his whirlwind tour of the nation's capital, former House speaker Sal DiMasi fights for his pension and the treasurer mulls online lottery sales.
A state Legislature hearing turned contentious over a bill that would permit compassionate release of terminally ill inmates.
Marcus Hurd, the sole survivor of a brutal mass shooting in Mattapan, testified in court this week against the men accused of paralyzing him and killing four people, including a 2-year-old boy.
A federal judge ruled Thursday afternoon that the family of Danroy "DJ" Henry has the right to see surveillance tapes taken on the night of Henry's death. We continue our ongoing coverage of the case.
New documents are now available from the DJ Henry case, including video of the night of the shooting, multiple depositions and police hotline audio. Check them out online.
The story that emerges from newly released, previously classified documents in the DJ Henry case is unclear. Here's a video and some of the voices from that night.
The girlfriend of James "Whitey" Bulger pleaded guilty Wednesday to helping him evade capture. Greater Boston has the word from the courtroom.
Tim Cahill's indictment was another reminder of the long history of corruption in Massachusetts. What does that mean for your grade on the corruption report card?
After police released a batch of documents from the night of DJ Henry's death, his father talked about what he thought it all meant.
When you think of Sal DiMasi and his two convicted predecessors, Massachusetts can seem like a hotbed of political intrigue. See how we ranked in a new nationwide study of corruption risk.
On Beacon Hill, judges make the case for more state funding for the trial courts, officials weigh the proposed NStar-Northeast merger and the final members of Massachusetts Gambling Commission are expected to be announced.
The executive branch earned a C-plus on the nationwide State Integrity Initiative, which looked at laws on the books to prevent corruption in government.
A policeman and a preacher talk about working together to combat an increase in violence in the inner city — a problem brought home this week as jurors struggled to come to a verdict in the Mattapan trial.
Shouting, swearing, rage, tears: The verdict in the Mattapan quadruple-murder trial stunned the victims' families. But one of the defendants could be back in court soon.
As we wait for the Supreme Court to hand down its decision on the Affordable Care Act, you can review the issues and arguments from our WGBH News Focus coverage of the case.
A former commissioner and two deputies pleaded not guilty to charges of seeking favors in exchange for hiring job applicants sponsored by state lawmakers. (AP photo)
Four days after an unpopular verdict, Woolson Street was still reverberating with shock, anger — and a sense of business-as-usual.
Despite Gov. Deval Patrick's opposition, several lawmakers are backing a self-defense bill that's similar to the Florida law at the center of the Trayvon Martin shooting.
The scenario is daunting enough: a hard-working man, an immigrant, diagnosed with cancer. But when he is bounced back and forth by insurance, cancer is just part of his struggle.
Doctors for America, which filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court, has 15,000 members of various political persuasions who all support President Barack Obama's health care law, the group's co-founder says.
Attorney General Martha Coakley alleged that Tim Cahill used publicly funded lottery ads to advance his candidacy for governor in 2010. Cahill's former campaign manager and his former chief of staff were also indicted.
After Tim Cahill's indictment on corruption charges for lottery ads, politicians are saying everyone does it — and some observers say that's the problem. Also: What's your grade for corruption in Massachusetts?
Former state Treasurer Tim Cahill pleaded not guilty to charges that he used public funds to advance his own career.
Attorney General Martha Coakley cited a expert report concluding the risks of severe accidents are greater than previously thought.
Family and friends of a Boston College student who went missing on Feb. 22 mourned after a body found in Chestnut Hill Reservoir was preliminarily identified as that of Franco Garcia.
Law enforcement officials have identified a body found in a remote area of woods in Falmouth as Trudie Hall, a Nantucket resident who went missing in July 2010.
Police are promising to crack down on drug dealing as residents talked about the dangers they see in their neighborhood.
Gov. Deval Patrick said he hoped the resignation of Carl Stanley McGee would let the new state Gaming Commission proceed with its work.
The attorney general's move comes as no surprise to those who have followed the State Integrity Investigation, a nationwide look at corruption risk.
A federal program aimed at identifying undocumented immigrants is now in effect — but that doesn't mean the debate is done.
Massachusetts lawmakers are trying to change a part of the state's drunk driving law that advocates say could let thousands of drunk drivers get back on the road sooner than expected.
See and hear the songs Joel Tenenbaum downloaded that were at stake in the BMG lawsuit. You've definitely heard many of them yourself ... and perhaps you even own a few.
As the number of prisoners growing old behind bars increases at an alarming rate, correctional facilities are scrambling to come up with the resources for the care of elderly prisoners.
In a landmark decision, on May 31 a Boston federal appeals court declared the heart of the Defense of Marriage Act, called DOMA, unconstitutional. The 1996 law defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman.
Winter was a predecessor of James "Whitey" Bulger as the head of Somerville's Winter Hill Gang in the 1960s and '70s.
A lawyer for Catherine Greig, the girlfriend of James "Whitey" Bulger, has filed a notice saying she will appeal her sentence.
As we drum our fingers, law professor Renée Landers explains four likely scenarios for the Supreme Court's Affordable Care Act ruling and their ramifications.
Gov. Deval Patrick praised the U.S. Supreme Court for striking down key provisions of Arizona's crackdown on immigrants. But he wasn't entirely satisfied — and neither were some of his critics.
Observers are speculating that James "Whitey" Bulger’s defense will be that his crimes were protected by his informant status with the FBI. But, a former U.S. attorney says, that didn't work for Steven "The Rifleman" Flemmi.
The woman accusing Dorchester state representative Carlos Henriquez of domestic assault and kidnapping has spoken out for the first time.
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