The following is a press release from the Middlesex District Attorney. Go here for more coverage.
WOBURN – Former Essex District Attorney Kevin Burke, in conjunction with Norfolk County First Assistant District Attorney Jeanmarie Carroll, will conduct an independent review of the factors that led to the bail recommendation in the August 13, 2013 arraignment of Jared Remy on a charge of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan announced today.
Burke and Carroll will conduct a fact-finding assessment and review of the circumstances that led to the release of Remy following his arrest on August 12, 2013. It will also determine if the office’s policies and procedures were followed in this case, and whether those policies and procedures are sufficient to adequately address the offender release issues which arise in domestic violence cases.
“The death of Jennifer Martel is a horrific tragedy, and it would be irresponsible for our office not to re-examine what happened. 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,” said District Attorney Ryan.
Burke, the Essex District Attorney from 1979 to 2003, and a former Commonwealth Secretary of Public Safety, is known as a leader in developing legislative policies to support the needs of victims. He is also the author of the Massachusetts Victims’ Bill of Rights.
Carroll, a past recipient of the Massachusetts Prosecutor of the Year Award, is a prosecutor with 25 years experience in the Norfolk County District Attorney’s Office. Over the course of her career she has handled many domestic violence cases and has led training programs for police, prosecutors, and service providers in the domestic violence field. She also serves on the Massachusetts Lawyer’s Weekly Board of Editors.
The Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, with 150 prosecutors and 42 victim witness advocates, has a long history of progressive prosecution, dedicated victim advocacy, cutting-edge programming and comprehensive education and training to prevent domestic violence.
“It is important to emphasize that while this review process continues, our focus remains on the prosecution of Jennifer Martel’s killer and our thoughts are with Jennifer’s family,” said District Attorney Ryan.