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Judge rules suspect must stay in jail

By Bill Dedman, Globe Correspondent, 9/19/2003

    On city boulevards and rural lanes, whites and women are far more likely to receive written warnings instead of tickets when stopped for identical traffic offenses, according to a Boston Globe study of newly released state records.


Police plan public meeting

Chiefs deny racial profiling

Civil rights advocates laud plan

Police chiefs decry study

Racial profiling is confirmed
Northeastern study [PDF]
Report summary
Who got a passing grade?
Police response [MS Word]

Police flouting 'no fix' law on tickets

Profiling study cites dozens of locales Charts
Northeastern study [PDF]

Reilly starts push to end profiling in police stops

Boston police to get tough on tickets

Judge: Suspect must stay in jail

Seeing bias, evidence tossed

Deeper look at profiling

Funding urged for study

Ticketing cited despite curbs

Romney backs profile tracking
People asked to join task force

Chief: Glitch caused error

Task force to review data


Day 1:
Race, sex, and age drive ticketing
Minority officers are stricter on minorities
Boston to track all stops by police

Who gets fined for speeding
Minority officers
Most-favored status
One officer's week

Ticketing whites vs. minorities
Large departments | All

Ticketing women vs. men
Large departments | All

Day 2:
Punishment varies by town and officer

How tickets raise insurance
Ranking the departments
Littering is worse?

Toughest on speeders
Large departments | All
Locals vs. out-of-towners
Large departments | All

Day 3:
Troopers fair, tough in traffic encounters

Frequent ticketers
How fast can you go?

Editorial: Tickets to fix
Op-Ed: Looking deeper
Op-Ed: Study proves nothing
Profiles in prejudice


Q & A
Secretary of Public Safety Edward A. Flynn, the senior law enforcement official in Massachusetts, spoke with the Globe about this series. Q & A

Detailed report
A closer look at how the Globe analyzed hundreds of thousands of traffic tickets.
Download study
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Online chat
Globe reporter Bill Dedman chatted with readers about this series.
Read full transcript


In January, the Globe published the first results of its analysis.

Part 1:
Citations reveal disparity
Totals key to computations

Tracking tickets
Searches by race and age

Searching minorities more often
Ticketing their own

Part 2:
Police not pressed on race
Tewksbury cop is tops
Fridays worst for tickets
Scope of monitoring reduced

Where race was not recorded

Failing to record the race
Searching more cars

The New York man caught by Massachusetts State Police with two pounds of cocaine in his car will have to stay in jail, at least while prosecutors decide whether to appeal a judge's exclusion of the evidence.

Last week, a state judge in Worcester, John S. McCann, threw out the evidence against Andres Lora, 53, because McCann said the two troopers who arrested him had routinely searched the cars of far more of the minorities they ticketed.

But yesterday McCann denied a defense request to release Lora during an appeal. Lora has been in the Worcester County House of Corrections since his Dec. 20, 2001, arrest for cocaine trafficking in Auburn.

McCann excluded both the discovery of the cocaine and Lora's admission to officers that he planned to sell it in Worcester. Although the only evidence against Lora is now excluded, McCann said the exclusion is a significant legal issue to be decided by higher courts. He also noted the large amount of drugs. And he said that Lora, a Dominican immigrant living in New York City, has limited ties to the community and could be a risk to flee. For those reasons, McCann continued the bail at $50,000 cash. Lora's lawyer had said earlier this week that bail was set at $100,000.

District Attorney John J. Conte said that he has not decided whether to appeal.

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