I sent this letter to the editor to the Boston Herald three days ago:
To the editor:
Shame on Michael Graham for his misogynistic attack on Judge Kathe Tuttman. Shame on Mitt Romney for throwing a competent judge under the bus to save his own skin. And shame on everyone else who has unfairly vilified Judge Tuttman.
Judge Tuttman was prohibited by law from taking dangerousness into account when deciding on Daniel Tavares Jr.’s bail. It was the prosecutor’s responsibility to request a separate dangerousness hearing. He didn’t. Tavares was free to kill again because the prosecutor didn’t do his job. Judge Tuttman applied the law correctly and appropriately.
Apparently, the politicians and pundits who are attacking Judge Tuttman would prefer judges who exceed their authority. You can’t have it both ways, fellas… do you want “activist judges,” or don’t you?
The Herald printed it with minor modifications yesterday. They also printed a superb column by Hiller B. Zobel, who sits on the Massachusetts Superior Court, explaining how the bail system works and why Tuttman’s actions were appropriate. Finally, they printed an excellent editorial two days ago, addressing not just the Tuttman question, but also the many other failures which led to Tavares’s being out on the street to kill again rather than locked up in prison. The Herald‘s editorial said exactly what I would have said if my letter were allowed to be as long as their editorial was :-).
Kudos to the editorial page editors of the Herald for hitting a bulls-eye on this one.