Erika Murray was found not guilty today by Judge Janet Kenton-Walker, often referred to as “Let em Walk Walker” in the media.
This is hardly surprising, since she’s previously allowed Chad Easter, Lonzo Guthrie, or the woman who probably killed her kid to walk away free in the same year. When you have Deval Patrick appointed judges who view criminal defendants with sympathy then you get verdicts like this. This is why her attorney chose judge over jury trial – because you could foot a judge, but you can’t fool a panel of 12 civilians.
A Worcester County judge has found Erika Murray not guilty of second-degree murder in the death of her child whose decomposed body was found inside a closet in her squalid Blackstone home in 2014. Judge Janet Kenton-Walker also found Murray guilty of two counts of assault and battery on a child causing substantial bodily injury and not guilty of two counts of reckless endangerment of a child. Prosecutors had accused Murray of causing injuries to an infant and 3-year-old found dirty and isolated in her home, and of endangering her two older children by causing them to live in squalor and filth. On the final counts, Murray was found guilty of two counts of animal cruelty for the neglect of pets found in her home.
I hate to say it, but this is what happens in a society where a fetus is viewed as a disposable piece of trash. If you can’t prove that the baby was alive when she gave birth to them (which you can, because they were clothed and had diapers on), then you can’t prove if she killed the baby 5 minutes after they were born or 5 minutes before they were born. During that 10 minute period the baby legally changed from an object Erika Murray could get rid of, to a human being with constitutional rights. This is the world we live in.
However, she was found guilty of animal cruelty because nobody disputes that the dogs were already born. A dog has more legal rights in our society than a baby 10 minutes before giving birth. That’s not me pontificating about abortion, that’s just an undeniable legal fact.
However, with that said, Judge Walker said that she believes the prosecution proved that the baby was born alive.
Kenton-Walker ruled that while prosecutors proved one of the dead infants survived childbirth, they failed to prove that Murray could have saved the infant by calling for help or performing CPR when she discovered the baby blue and not breathing.
In other words, the precedent being set here is that parent are not legally obligated to take life saving measures to try to save their children. If you find your child not breathing you’re no longer obligated to call 911 or attempt to resuscitate, because your child could be dead already.
Then this guy showed up.
DA Joe Early, most famous for allowing Auburn Police Officer Ron Tarentino’s killer out of jail because “prison wasn’t working for him,” decided to praise the judge’s wisdom.
Worcester District Attorney Joseph Early Jr. thanked police and prosecutors for their work on the case in a statement.
“This was a very hard case with a very difficult set of facts as it always is when dealing with children who are victims. It has emotionally affected many people throughout Worcester County,” Early said. “We appreciate all the time and effort the judge put into her decision in this case. The court has spoken.”
You lost Joe. It was your job to get a conviction and you failed. If there were any accountability in this state you would lose your job, but since your father was a Congressman for 18 years and you have a powerful political machine behind you, you were elected with 2/3 of the vote in November.
If you’re complaining about this verdict then I certainly hope you voted in November, and you voted for candidates who want stricter enforcement of our laws. If you didn’t then you’re part of the problem. Whining on social media doesn’t get people elected.
Here’s my question for everyone complaining about this – do you know who your representative is on the Governor’s Council? Do you know what the Governor’s Council does? If not, then educate yourself. The Governor’s Council grills potential judges nominated by the governor, and votes on whether or not to recommend that they become lifelong judges. If there’s one thing I want you to take from this blog it’s that you should know who your Governor’s Council representative is. Here’s the list:
Joseph C. Ferreira – Somerset
Robert L. Jubinville – Milton
Marilyn M. Petitto Devaney – Watertown
Christopher A. Iannella – Boston
Eileen R. Duff – Gloucester
Terrence W. Kennedy – Lynnfield
Jennie L. Caissie – Oxford
Mary E. Hurley – East Longmeadow
In 2018 the only one who was even remotely challenged was Jen Caissie, and she happens to be the only Republican.
Their contact information is here, and I urge you to send them an email asking them if they’re going to continue to approve of judges like Kenton-Walker. Duff and Ianella both were on the Council in 2009 when she made it onto the bar. I’m willing to bet the rest of them, with the exception of Caissie, would’ve voted for her if they were on back then too.H
Here’s some quotes from a line of questioning they gave candidates in October 2018, both of who went on to become judges.
Jubinville said that it’s very important to him that a judge have a strong sense of compassion and common sense.
Common sense, yes. But when he says compassion for people he’s not talking about Erika Murray’s children, he’s talking about Erika Murray.
In order to become a judge one of the nominees had to come out and say that he’d put transgender prisoners in the prison they identify with, not what’s listed on their birth certificate.
Maltby also answered that he would incarcerate transgender people in the gender prison they identify with, not the gender listed on their birth certificate.
“You have the right qualities, the qualities I look for: compassion, integrity, common sense, and character,” said District 4 Governor’s Councilor Christopher Iannella. “I look forward to supporting you whenever the vote comes up.”
This is what impresses the current governor’s council, and therein lies the problem. Adhering to social justice ideology should not be a prerequisite to become a judge.
Here’s a quote from Mary Hurley:
“We’re dealing with human beings and their frailties,” Hurley said. “We need judges who understand that.”
This is how we get judges like Janet Kenton-Walker. Because the people appointing these judges want judges to see defendants as a human being with frailties, instead of seeing the crimes this human being committed.
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