Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan, whose office has faced criticism for not seeking to have accused murderer Jared Remy held after an alleged domestic assault last week, announced today she has named a pair of prosecutors to conduct an independent review of her office’s handling of the case.
Former Essex District Attorney Kevin Burke, in conjunction with Norfolk County Assistant District Attorney Jeanmarie Carroll, will review the circumstances that led to Remy’s release last Wednesday without bail after allegedly assaulting his long-time girlfriend, Jennifer Martel. Remy is charged with stabbing Martel to death in their Waltham home the day after he was released.
On Monday, Ryan said her office would conduct an internal review of the case. But she announced today she had named Burke and Carroll to lead an outside probe.
“The death of Jennifer Martel is a horrific tragedy, and it would be irresponsible for our office not to re-examine what happened,” Ryan said in a statement. “I am confident that District Attorney Burke and First Assistant Carroll will conduct a thorough and independent review of this case, and we will utilize these findings to make any changes necessary to better protect victims.”
The review will look at the factors that led prosecutors to decide not to seek to have Remy detained, and determine whether they followed procedures. The review will also take a look at those procedures to see whether they are “sufficient to adequately address the offender release issues which arise in domestic violence cases.”
Ryan has defended her office’s handling of the case, but critics have said prosecutors should have tried to keep Remy behind bars after the alleged assault given his long criminal record and a series of assault charges against a former girlfriend.
Burke was the Essex district attorney from 1979 to 2003. Carroll is a veteran prosecutor who has handled many domestic violence cases and has led training programs for police and prosecutors.
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