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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Bernard J. Baran and Berkshire District Attorney David F. Capeless

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Pittsfield, Massachusetts
"Appeal set for Baran ruling: Berkshire District Attorney David F. Capeless says the judge who overturned the 1985 conviction relied on faulty facts"
By Jack Dew, Berkshire Eagle Staff
Tuesday, January 22, 2008

PITTSFIELD — Bernard J. Baran, who has been free on bond since a Superior Court judge overturned his child molestation conviction in June 2006, will have another day in court next month when the Appeals Court will hear oral arguments on his case.

The state Appeals Court has scheduled a hearing for 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, in Boston. The appeal was brought by Berkshire District Attorney David F. Capeless, who is arguing that the Superior Court judge who overturned Baran's conviction exceeded his judicial authority and relied on faulty facts in rendering his judgment.

Baran was 18 years old when he was convicted in January 1985 of molesting five children at the Early Childhood Development Center in Pittsfield. He was sentenced to life in prison.

One of Baran's attorneys, John Swomley, said yesterday that Baran is eager to have his day in court, and that the past 18 months have been difficult for his client, who is free on $50,000 bond and being monitored with a global positioning system.

"We are all enthusiastic about being able to turn this page," Swomley said in a telephone interview yesterday. "In the year since Mr. Baran's release, I think everyone on this side had hoped that the DA's office would just do the right thing of its own accord ... but we are having to fight to the bitter end."

In 2006, Superior Court Judge Francis R. Fecteau ruled that Bar an's original attorney, Leonard Conway, was incompetent, rendering Baran's trial unfair.

Fecteau's ruling hinged on Conway's failure to investigate the charges against Baran or to demand unedited copies of interviews with the alleged victims. Those tapes — which surfaced in 2004 — show the children telling their questioners that Baran molested them, that no one molested them or that someone else entirely had molested them.

Had Baran's attorney seen the tapes, Fecteau concluded, he could more easily have cast doubt on the reliability of the children's testimony that was the state's sole evidence against Baran.

In his appeal, Capeless argues the videotapes are not as significant as Fecteau concluded. The interviews were conducted weeks after the children first reported the abuse and were only shown to the grand jury.

In response, Baran's attorneys — Swomley, Eric Tennen and Harvey Silverglate, all of Boston — have argued that Fecteau's ruling was sound and that the videotapes were crucial. Because Baran's attorney never asked for and was never given the tapes, they argued, he was denied a forceful way to challenge the testimony of the children.

The Appeals Court will hear oral arguments Feb. 12 and then issue its ruling in writing at a later date. If the court upholds Fecteau's decision, Baran will remain free and Capeless will have to decide whether to pursue the case before the Supreme Judicial Court or try to prosecute Baran anew with 22-year-old evidence.

If the court reverses Fecteau's opinion, Baran's guilty verdict would be reinstated, and he would be returned to state prison.

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"Baran case, continued"
The Berkshire Eagle - Editorial
Wednesday, January 23, 2008

It is difficult to imagine why a state appeals court would negate the decision of a Superior Court judge to overturn the child molestation conviction of Bernard Baran. After nearly a year's deliberation, Worcester Superior Court Judge Francis R. Fecteau exposed the many flaws in Mr. Baran's 1985 trial, and while the judge overturned the conviction on the grounds that the incompetence of Mr. Baran's attorney deprived him of a fair trial, he made it clear that the defense's failure came in the context of a flawed prosecution. Most significantly, Mr. Baran did not have access to taped interviews of the alleged victims at the Early Childhood Development Center that would have severely damaged the case of the prosecution. The appeal brought by Berkshire District Attorney David Capeless will be heard on February 12, about 11/2 years after Mr. Baran's conviction was overturned. The wheels of justice have ground exceedingly slowly in the Baran case and we hope the court will not dally in making its decision.

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"Judges ponder Baran ruling"
By Jack Dew, Berkshire Eagle Staff
Wednesday, February 13, 2008

BOSTON — A three-judge panel yesterday probed the value of videotaped interviews with children who claimed Bernard J. Baran molested them at a Pittsfield day care center in 1984.

The tapes played a crucial role in a Superior Court Francis R. Fecteau's decision in June 2006 to overturn Baran's conviction and order a new trial. The three appellate judges — Barbara Lenk, Fernande Duffly and Mark Green — heard oral arguments yesterday in the Berkshire District Attorney's appeal of that ruling, which let Baran go free after serving 21 years of a life prison sentence.

The three judges will now consider the evidence and the arguments and decide whether to let Fecteau's ruling stand or return Baran to prison.

Baran was convicted in 1985 of molesting five young children at the Early Childhood Development Center in Pittsfield.

In 2004, his new legal team — John Swomley, Eric Tennen and Harvey Silverglate, all of Boston — argued that the original attorney, Leonard Conway, mounted an incompetent defense, failing to get copies of the unedited videotapes that would have allowed him to impeach the credibility of the witnesses.

The defense argued that the tapes showed the questioners leading the children through their answers, coaxing them to describe sexual abuse. Sometimes the interrogators offered rewards if the children said Baran had abused them, at others they ignored the children's denials.

The district attorney's office edited those tapes to include only the inculpatory statements. These shortened versions were used to persuade a grand jury to indict Baran.

Capeless appealed Fecteau's ruling and yesterday stressed that the tapes do not bear the significance accorded them by the Superior Court judge. Rather, he said, they were made after the alleged victims had told authorities of the abuse, produced solely to save the children the pain of testifying before a grand jury.

Rather than a linchpin in the state's case, Capeless said, the tapes were irrelevant, a new technique used by the district attorney's office to ease the burden on the children.

The three judges attacked Capeless' reasoning and, in question after question, poked at the tapes' significance.

Capeless said they should only be viewed in the context of all the evidence: The parents had already observed behavioral changes in the children, and the children had given several statements to police, social workers and prosecutors.

"(Fecteau) misunderstood or refused to accept what these tapes actually were," Capeless said. "They were not forensic evidence."

"Do you say that Judge Fecteau's findings as to the tapes were not supported by what he heard?" Lenk asked.

"Yes," Capeless replied. "To the extent that he did not understand what (the tapes) really were."

Green questioned whether there was any record of the manner in which the earlier interviews were conducted. Capeless said no, and Green asked whether the tapes, then, might "operate as a very transparent mechanism to view, on at least one occasion, the demeanor and behavior" of the children during questioning.

Capeless said it was mere "speculation" that the taped interviews resembled those conducted earlier, and said the tapes represent only a "crude attempt" to film the interviews.

He acknowledged that the children's statements were inconsistent, to which Duffly asked, "How does that help you?

"How can it be that at this stage, four or five times after apparently consistent statements that (Baran) did this to me, we are now seeing some ambiguity, some suggestion that no, he didn't?" she said.

"It is speculation that the tapes show what must have happened before," Capeless said. "But you can't make that leap. Don't speculate about what was and was not there."

He later added: "Twenty years explains the absence of record evidence, but it does not excuse (the defense) of its burden of proof."

When Duffly asked, "What do we do with (the children's) statements that (Baran) didn't do this?"

Capeless replied, "That's for a jury to decide."

Tennen — representing Baran — argued that the tapes were crucial because they would have given Baran his only real defense: That the children were telling false stories of abuse because they had been coached to do so, led into fabrications by poor interviewing techniques.

"The defendant is entitled to effective assistance of counsel. No matter how you slice this case ... what we now know is that these unedited tapes have a tremendous value that wasn't used," Tennen said.

The judges asked several times whether the tapes were really as significant as the defense has claimed. Green questioned whether they show anything the jury didn't otherwise see when the children took the stand at trial.

Tennen argued that the tapes are a more drawn-out version of the children's trial testimony and carry the added import of revealing flawed interview techniques. Not only do the children have a harder time answering the questions and take longer to do so, but the interviewers are seen prodding the children, and offering rewards if they tell of the abuse, all of which could have a "cumulative effect," teaching the children how to answer certain questions then and later.

"It was just repeated, over and over, non-acceptance of (the children's) denial," he said, and the behavior displayed at trial was "not as egregious as what was done on the tapes."

The judges also explored the challenges of revisiting a 20-year-old case when society's knowledge of interviewing techniques has changed dramatically since.

For example, the use of anatomically correct dolls was standard practice then, but is scorned now for leading children to make false statements. Thus, the judges pondered, how do we know the difference between ineffective counsel and general ignorance?

"Obviously, we have evolved to understand better why (false statements) would happen, but some of this was known at the time," Tennen replied, and the Supreme Judicial Court has explored this territory, concluding that several key elements were known well enough in the mid-1980s.

The judges said they plan to review the voluminous record of the case, including the videotapes, the original trial transcript and the transcript of Fecteau's evidentiary hearings. That means it will likely be months before they issue a ruling.

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A three-judge panel yesterday probed the value of videotaped interviews with children who claimed Bernard J. Baran molested them at a Pittsfield day care center in 1984.

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I can remember when this case was taking place and was thinking this young man was not guilty.They don't mention it in this article but, a couple of the children tested positive for a STD and when Baran was tested he did not have one. The D.A. at the time is now a Judge and for some reason I feel that Baron's defense team is in for a rough road. We have to remember that at the time this took place in Berkshire County that justice was spelled JustUs.
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Greg Roach
North Adams, MA
Baran would never have been brought to trial in 2008 based upon the type of evidence that was used 20+ years ago. I'm not quite sure why DA Capeless won't let this one go, but it seems highly likely the Court of Appeals will reject his arguments.
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Jumping to Conclusions
Let's try keep this in its proper perspective, we, the public, did not witness the actual trial or any of its (non)evidentiary proceedings. To conclude, based on this short story, that Mr. Baran is not guilty or to some degree, innocent-is pushing the envelope. Like the story reports, the Mass. Appeals Court is reviewing the voluminous record (the operatie word being voluminous).

Let's allow the judicial system (trained lawyers and judges) to render an unbiased decision in a timely and orderly manner.

We don't know what evidence weighted more or less in the jury's verdict of "guilty." This is what the appeals court is doing, second guessing jury deliberations. I trust the judges, however, will find what they're searching for in the voluminous record!

BRIAN C. MARQUIS
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Butchie

Thanks capeless for wasting taxpayer money. 21 years not long enough? I hope he drops a lawsuit aginst the Berkshier county D.A. office. I also think if are fear less D.A. loses, he should repay the taxpayer out of his own pocket.
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FJoe
Princeton, NJ
Capeless appears to be a politically motivated self serving DA - I am not sure why people keep electing him. He goes after the big headlines, kids selling pot in school zone, this sex abuse retrial, while Pittsfield deteriotes further into serious crime. I think it is time to replace all the good old boys in Berkshire County "just us" system - sherrif and all.
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SAL
Asheville, NC
or maybe they don't have anything else to do this year-- 30 years ago & nobody had paid any attention??
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Jumping to Conclusions
Butchie wrote:
Thanks capeless for wasting taxpayer money. 21 years not long enough? I hope he drops a lawsuit aginst the Berkshier county D.A. office. I also think if are fear less D.A. loses, he should repay the taxpayer out of his own pocket.
I think the Berkshire County District Attorney is doing exactely what Berkshire County taxpayers require him to do: protect society's best interst when its citizens are believed to have been criminally violated.

What would we think of him if he just decided to forgo any further prosecution or exhaust all available legal remedies of relief, or, moreover, properly discharge the duties of his office? Let's leave the prosecutorial prerogatives where they belong-with David Capeless and his very competent Mass. State Police investigators!
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Butchie, West Pittsfield
Why dont you ask him to solve the murder in Stockbridge. What about the guy who raped the girl on the side of the Mass Pike???? What about the kid who was found dead on October Mt. Looks like to me there not to competent. Wasting taxpayers money on a guy who should of never been in jail.
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Jumping to Conclusions
Greg Roach wrote:
Baran would never have been brought to trial in 2008 based upon the type of evidence that was used 20+ years ago. I'm not quite sure why DA Capeless won't let this one go, but it seems highly likely the Court of Appeals will reject his arguments.
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In addition to protecting society's best interest, the Berkshire County District Attorney upholds the legal concept that "the function of the the criminal law is to protect the state's interest in proper behviour by all citizens." This includes Mr. Baran, regardless how many years have passed by!
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"Make Baran case history"
The Berkshire Eagle - Editorial
Thursday, February 14, 2008

After 24 years and any number of twists and turns, it is impossible to predict what will happen next in the case of Bernard Baran, who is currently free after serving 21 years of a life prison sentence for allegedly molesting children at a Pittsfield day care center. The hearing before a three-judge panel in Boston Tuesday, however, unearthed no discernible reason why the decision of Superior Court Judge Francis R. Fecteau to overturn Mr. Baran's conviction should not stand.

Tuesday's hearing focused largely on the videotaped interviews with children who claim they were molested by Mr. Baran, who is gay, in 1984, tapes the Baran defense was denied at the trial that resulted in his conviction. Berkshire County District Attorney David Capeless argued that the tapes were nothing more than an effort by the office at that time to ease the strain on the children facing testimony before a grand jury and were not relevant to the trial, but Judge Fecteau saw them as instrumental to the defense, and they clearly were.

It has been acknowledged that the children's testimony was inconsistent in statements given to police, social workers and prosecutors. The district attorney's office edited the tapes to include only statements they found beneficial. Since-discredited techniques were used to coach the children in their testimony, techniques that would stand out dramatically on tape. Any of these reasons were sufficient to make the tapes available to the defense. Any of these reasons is sufficient to support Judge Fecteau's decision to overturn the conviction.

The Baran case came at a time when other child abuse trials, including the far more prominent case of alleged abuse at the Fells Acre Day Care Center in Malden, contributed to a public hysteria recalling the Salem witchcraft trials. It was a time when homosexual and pedophile were practically synonyms, and gay predators were popular bogeymen. Outrageous sexual abuse "puppet shows" were employed by psychologists to dislodge "repressed memories," from children, a since-abandoned technique that was found more likely to introduce false memories. Mercifully, that era is for the most part behind us, those cases all but forgotten. The Baran case, however, still walks the earth, an anachronism from a terrible time yet to be consigned to history where it belongs.

Judge Fecteau had it right when he tossed out the case because Mr. Baran received an inadequate defense. That defense, however, came in the context of a poorly brought prosecution that denied Mr. Baran key videotaped evidence and was conducted in a climate of fear-based paranoia that tainted all pretext of judicial objectivity. Not allowed to heal, the case remains a needlessly open wound on the face of Berkshire County judicial history.

We hope the three judges will support Judge Fecteau's wise ruling. If that is the case, we hope Mr. Capeless will decline to pursue a new trial that will benefit no one, including the five now adult children who were allegedly abused, three of whom have long since recanted their testimony against Mr. Baran. The district attorney's office has far more pressing duties to pursue. Mr. Baran has suffered enough.

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Valentine's Day 2008
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lack of justice, North Adams, MA
The laws and rights of men
should not be corrupted by the
opinions and prejudices of
those in power

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obviouslynotaparent, Dade City, FL

The person that wrote this editorial obvioulsy has not done their homework on this case....we are only focusing on some video that is coming into question but actual verbal complaints and testimony from the parents and children was the cornerstone for this conviction. Mr Baron was convicted in a court of his peers beyond a reasonable doubt and should serve his full sentance.....so in this persons opinion...HE HAS NOT SUFFERED ENOUGH!!! SEND HIM BACK TO JAIL WHERE HE BELONGS!!!

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Jumping to Conclusions

Again, until we, the general public, have had the unique opportunity to review the "voluminous" record, casting apersions on the Office of the Berkshire County Distric Attorney, the interviewing psychologists, and social workers, is premature and serves no legitmate purpose other than to inflame public emotions! The Eagle, is seems, payed close attention to the appeals hearing, but, I suspect, have neglected to review the official court record. Much has been made of those now controversial tapes, but nobody but officials close to the case have actually seen them. Can the Eagle make assertions based on something they have yet viewed? Apparently. When is The Eagle planning to interview Bernard Baran's former counsel? Let's find out what he has to say, in his own defense.

The law empowers Bershire County District Attorney David Capeless to aggressively pursue any avenue of relief or oppose any motion that is within his purview. One can only sense the makings of a double-edged sword here-on one side Mr. Capless is irresponsible in pursuing avenues of legal empowerment and of course the counterproposition gives rise to his failure to discharge the duties of his office. Clearly, The Eagle, in its imfamous wisdom, would undoubtably attack him for not doing enough to ensure public safety.

At the end of the day, only three out of five have recanted their prior testimonies,(so say The Eagle) for reasons they hold dear to themselves. To use the recantations as a threshold for dismissal is a legal issue, not an Editorial opinion. And since the recantations are not issues pending before the appeals court, they should not be used to sell papers. But, the fact that only three recanted is still enough to seek a re-trial if the appeals court finds in Mr. Capeless's favor. The controlling Mass. statutes does not restrict prosecution to multiple victims. In case you missed law school, the statute addresses a victim or victims.

Thus if the Mass. Appeals Court does find in Mr. Capeless's favor, I only this negative publicity has not deterred him from seking a re-trial. It takes only one (1) victim to agree to testify against Mr. Baran.

BRIAN C. MARQUIS

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cynic, North Adams, MA

As I recall, there once was a bit more
credulance to reported news and legal and political opinions and rulings...

Nowadays, when I read of some of the
Constitutional issues, ruled on by The Supreme Court, various Official Statements made by The Wite House and The Congress....

I sadly shake my head in disbelief

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"Pittsfield Puts Focus on Child Abuse"
By Jen Thomas -iBerkshires Staff- April 28, 2008

PITTSFIELD — Seventy-seven pairs of New Balance sneakers lined the steps of City Hall on Friday afternoon, a visual indicator of the average number of children confirmed as abused or neglected in the county in one month.

Local lawmakers joined representatives from area child abuse prevention agencies — including Child Care of the Berkshires and the Massachusetts Children's Trust Fund — in recognizing April as Child Abuse Prevention Month.

"Seventy-seven reported cases on a monthly basis is 924 incidents of reports of child abuse in Berkshire County in one year. And those statistics mean lives of young children, affected each and every day in our community," said Mayor James Ruberto.

Called "Steps of Hope," the ceremony sought to bring public awareness to a problem that is the leading cause of death for children under age 4 nationwide and to emphasize that child abuse and neglect can be prevented.

"Today is a day of hope. According to the Department of Social Services, there are approximately 35,000 cases annually here in Massachusetts of child abuse and neglect. Now, according to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, that puts Massachusetts No. 3 in the nation for confirmed cases, which would be twice the average. Where is the hope in that?" said District Attorney David E. Capeless.

The state also has the fourth highest rate of reported child abuse and neglect. According to Capeless, these high statistics show that the state has put this issue as a priority and set up a system to not only hear reports but to investigate them.

"We have here a very strong system for people to report and for us to investigate and also to prosecute cases where there has been child abuse," said Capeless. "There is the hope for us because we have a system here."

Last year, 87 pairs of shoes — 10 more than this year — lined the stairs for the "Steps of Hope" ceremony. That reduction is an accomplishment state Rep. Daniel Bosley, D-North Adams, hopes can be repeated next year.

"It is very encouraging that we have 10 less pairs of shoes here in Berkshire County than we did last year. Maybe we can reduce it by 10 next year, maybe by more every year," said Bosley.

Eloise Stevens, the executive director of Berkshire County Head Start, called for more both personal and community support in helping parents care for their children.

"We must listen to children when they tell us they've been hurt by someone. We must support parents in their difficult role and we must do what we have to until there are no more shoes on the steps," Stevens said.

During the ceremony, several young children stormed the steps, playing with the balloons near the podium or posing for pictures.

"This is the perfect example of how difficult it is to be a parent," joked Suzin Bartley, the executive director of CTF and the day's unofficial master of ceremonies.

Dianna Goldmann, 20, of North Adams, spoke to the audience about the fear she had about being a teenaged mother when her son Troy, now 2, was born.

"I didn't know anything about babies or being a parent," Goldmann said.

Healthy Families, an operation of Child Care of the Berkshires, got her through the tough times, Goldmann said, with their at-home visits and their around-the-clock support system.

"It's just a lot of support for a young mom. I couldn't live without having that person there to ask questions of," said Goldmann.

For Bosley, ensuring that the county's family support programs continue to help change lives is a priority.

"These programs are very near and dear to those of us in the Legislature because it goes back to the core functions of what government is supposed to do for people," said Bosley.

Bosley quoted former Vice President Hubert Humphrey, who said "The moral test of a government is how it treats those who are at the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the aged; and those who are in the shadow of life, the sick, the needy, and the handicapped."

"Children are the core function of government," said Bosley.

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Berkshire District Attorney David E. Capeless talks about child-abuse prevention.
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Some 77 sneakers, a visual representation of the number of child abuse reports each month, cover the City Hall steps.
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Dianna Goldmann and son Troy.
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"Murray Leads Conversation on Violence and Abuse"
By Jen Thomas - May 16, 2008 - iBerkshires Staff

PITTSFIELD — During what he hopes will be the first of many roundtable discussions statewide, Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray said he was committed to taking a stand against domestic violence and sexual abuse.

On Thursday, Murray met with representatives from several local social service agencies — and with District Attorney David F. Capeless — at Berkshire County Kids' Place to get feedback on the needs of regional agencies who work on these issues.

As the chairman of the recently formed Inter-Agency Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse, Murray is looking to connect with organizations throughout the state "to get an idea of what works and what doesn't."

"We're very concerned about the trend and the numbers we're seeing when it comes to domestic violence and sexual abuse," Murray said. "In October, the governor formed the council and now, we're trying to get an idea of what's out there."

Representatives from Kids' Place, the Berkshire Violence Prevention Center, the Elizabeth Freeman Center and the Sexual Assault Intervention Network participated in the discussion with Murray, citing funding, transportation woes and a lack of resources and training as major areas of concern.

"A lot of money doesn't come out this far and we're struggling with that," said Dana Brandon, the executive director of Kids' Place.

Murray asked the group of about a dozen what they thought would be the best use of the state's attention and any additional funds.

"Do we just give everyone a little bit more or do we target best practices? Given what we're facing with a difficult fiscal situation, this is something we like to prioritize," he said.

While City Council Chairman and a member of the Kids' Place board of directors Gerald Lee said nonprofits deserve the bulk of the funds, several others noted that extra money should go to who can utilize it the best.

"It's not simply a matter of what agency gets funding; it's how they use the money," said Capeless. "You can have all the resources in the world but we need programs that will get to people immediately. That's critical."

According to Capeless, finding ways to protect the victim in rural communities is getting more and more difficult, a sentiment many in the room echoed.

"It's become almost impossible to find a resolution that's not incarceration,” Capeless said. "People are fighting against the government because it looks like we're the bad guy in many of these cases. It's almost like the government is in a domestic violence relationship with its citizens."

Because police are the typically the first people at the scene when a domestic violence call is made, many of the attendees recommended training for officers in the ways to protect battered women and children and open lines of communication with the agencies.

Still another issue plaguing the Berkshires is a severe need for reaching some of the smaller towns.

"In this region, it's unbelievable trying to get transportation. It's an overarching issue for all the agencies we collaborate with," said Brandon. "Transportation is a major barrier for anyone in an abusive relationship if they can't get somewhere where they can get help."

After the hourlong discussion, Murray said the meeting of the minds would help him in moving forward with his work on the council.

"With this environment of collaboration, communication and efficiency, we'll have a better chance for success. We want to emphasize working together to allow these interventions to happen sooner. We have to break the cycle of violence," Murray said.
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Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray
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"Law aids in fight against child abusers"
The Berkshire Eagle - Letters
Tuesday, June 03, 2008

In the May 22 editorial, "Debatable sentence law," The Berkshire Eagle opined that recently introduced legislation, "An Act to Further Protect Children," would not protect children in a "meaningful way" by creating certain minimum mandatory sentences for sex offenders. As experienced prosecutors, we know firsthand the devastating effects of sexual abuse of children, as well as the challenges in prosecuting sexual predators.

This proposed legislation would not "tie the hands of judges," as the Eagle would contend. Rather, it provides prosecutors with the tools they need to hold sex offenders accountable for their despicable actions, while also allowing prosecutors the discretion and flexibility they need to most appropriately charge those who prey on children. The legislation would create minimum mandatory sentences that range from 10-15 years in prison for the most heinous crimes committed against children, such as those committed in the course of a felony or with a dangerous weapon, or by a person in a "position of trust or authority," such as a teacher, coach, or clergy member.

Such expanded tools and charging options would in fact increase the likelihood of obtaining a conviction. We believe that this legislation provides for the best interest of children and public safety, in contrast to other proposals which child abuse prosecutors know would do more harm than good and in fact impede the work they do.

MARTHA COAKLEY
Boston, Massachusetts
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DAVID CAPELESS
Pittsfield, Massachusetts

Martha Coakley is Massachusetts attorney general. David Capeless is Berkshire district attorney.

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"Legislators pass bill to boost rules against child abuse"
By Maddie Hanna, (Boston) Globe Correspondent, July 2, 2008

With several high-profile cases of child abuse seared into public memory, legislators yesterday approved a bill they said will strengthen the state's child welfare system, with stricter standards for how agencies investigate abuse.

The measure is intended to prevent the sorts of cases lawmakers said have become all too familiar: instances in which children were killed or harmed after state social workers had contact with families.

The bill "sets up a framework to handle the most troubling and disturbing cases . . . and how we can prevent them from even happening in the first place," House Speaker Salvatore F. DiMasi said at a press conference. Governor Deval Patrick is expected to sign the legislation.

Under the bill, three unsubstantiated reports of abuse - cases in which a child's injuries were examined and attributed to self-abuse, for example - within a three-month period would trigger an automatic investigation by a Department of Social Services board. Also, if three such reports were spread over a year, a board review would also be triggered.

The changes are intended to function as "another set of eyes looking at the matter," said state Senator Karen Spilka, Democrat of Ashland.

Critics have cited potential loopholes in the state's child welfare system following a string of startling abuse cases.

In 2005, 14-year-old Haleigh Poutre lapsed into a coma after she received a near-fatal beating from her adoptive mother, who had previously been monitored by the Department of Social Services. A few months later, 4-year-old Dontel Jeffers, who suffered a black eye, bruises, and a ruptured intestine, died in the care of his foster mother. And in 2006, 4-year-old Rebecca Riley of Hull died after she was given an overdose of psychiatric drugs.

Lawmakers at yesterday's press conference pointed to Poutre's case as the impetus for overhauling the system. "Haleigh brought us here today, quite tragically," said House majority leader John Rogers of Norwood.

The bill boosts penalties for professionals who are required to report suspected abuse, such as doctors and teachers, but who fail to carry out that duty. It puts into law an independent Office of the Child Advocate, which Patrick created by executive order.

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"Appeals court agrees Bernard Baran should remain free"
By Jack Dew, Berkshire Eagle Staff, Friday, May 15, 2009

PITTSFIELD — A state appeals court has upheld the judgment that freed Bernard Baran, who was convicted in 1985 of molesting five young children at the Early Childhood Development Center in Pittsfield.

The ruling, issued late this morning, means that Baran will remain free pending a new trial or a successful appeal by the Berkshire District Attorney's office to the Supreme Judicial Court.

Baran, now 44, was sentenced to five concurrent life sentences in 1985 after a trial in Berkshire Superior Court. His initial appeal was denied a year later, but his case was kept alive by a growing number of supporters who believed that Baran, a gay man, was a victim of hysteria surrounding day care centers and child molestation allegations during the 1980s.

In June 2006, Superior Court Judge Francis R. Fecteau overturned Baran's convictions, concluding that his original defense attorney, Leonard Conway, was incompetent. After serving 21 years in prison, Baran went free.

Central to Fecteau's conclusion was Conway's failure to discover and use videotapes of investigators' interviews with the alleged victims, some of whom said they had been molested by someone other than Baran, while others at times denied ever having been molested at all.

Baran's new defense team — John Swomley, Eric Tennen and Harvey Silverglate, all of Boston — argued the tapes also showed the children being led and prompted by investigators, leading the children to describe abuse that never happened.

District Attorney David F. Capeless has argued the tapes don't carry the significance that Baran's team claims; the videos were made after the children had reported the abuse and were created for the grand jury to spare the children the pain of testifying.

Baran has been living in the Boston area since his release.

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"End the Bernard Baran saga"
The Berkshire Eagle, Editorial, 5/16/2009

With every step through the judicial process, the Bernard Baran trial becomes further set in stone as a legal fiasco. We urge District Attorney David Capeless to abandon further action in the wake of Friday's decision by a state appeals court to uphold the overturning of Mr. Baran's conviction of child molestation.

Mr. Baran was found guilty of molesting five young children at the Early Childhood Development Center in Pittsfield in 1985 and spent 21 years in jail until he was released in 2006. At that time, Superior Court Judge Francis R. Fecteau found that Mr. Baran's attorney, Leonard B. Conway of Westfield, was incompetent without noting that his incompetence came in the context of his failure to respond adequately to a poorly brought prosecution. In backing Judge Fecteau, the three judges on the appeals panel made that connection.

Mr. Baran was denied access to taped interviews of the alleged victims in which some denied they were molested and others said they were molested by someone else. Police reports and other material that could have benefited Mr. Baran were not turned over to the defense. The sexuality of Mr. Baran, who is gay, was improperly disclosed. The appeals court went further than Judge Fecteau in raising the possibility of prosecutorial misconduct, which Mr. Baran's defense team has long asserted, though it did not arrive at a conclusion. The prosecutor in the Baran case was Daniel Ford, then a first assistant district attorney, now the presiding judge in Berkshire Superior Court.

The Baran trial came as the high-profile abuse trial at the Fells Acre Day Center in Malden, Massachusetts was in full roar, and by quoting from a dissenting judge's opinion in that case Friday, it is apparent that the appeals court understands the hysteria that was part of the context of the Baran trial. It was a shameful period when homosexuality was routinely equated with pedophilia, and "gay predators" were popular bogeymen.

Mr. Capeless can appeal this decision to the state Supreme Judicial Court, but there is no reason to believe it would rule any differently than did its predecessors. Retrying the case after a quarter century of faded memories is pointless. The district attorney has done his job to this point and we hope he will drop the case and let it disappear into history.
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"Bernard Baran case must be kept alive"
The Berkshire Eagle, Letters, Wednesday, May 20, 2009

I commend you for calling Bernard Baran's case a legal fiasco (editorial, May 16), and reminding people of the child-abuse hysteria that still ruins lives, such as Robert Halsey's (Halsey was convicted of abusing children on his Lanesborough school bus route in 1993.) All the more reason not to "let it disappear into history."

It should be a national news story — certainly more than the non-issue of marshmallow fluff in school lunches which the Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times and Washington Post covered in 2006 while sweeping Baran's release under the rug.

DAVID C. BOIES
Washington D.C.
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"Where is justice in Bernard Baran case?"
The Berkshire Eagle, Letters, Thursday, May 21, 2009

The most disturbing thing in the Baran case, if D. R. Bahlman is correct, is that Baran has served 21 years for the same crime he would have served six years if he copped a plea, and is still not free (Eagle, B-1, May 19.) Where's the justice in that?

If District Attorney Capeless had any sense of right and wrong, and I doubt that he does after listening to him complain about the new marijuana law, he'd drop the Baran case and look for another job.

NICK HUBACKER
Pittsfield, Massachusetts
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Notes & Footnotes: "Choices will be difficult in Bernard Baran case"
By D.R. Bahlman, Op-Ed, The Berkshire Eagle, Tuesday, May 19, 2009
WILLIAMSTOWN, Massachusetts

Last week's news that the Massachusetts Appeals Court had upheld a Superior Court judge's ruling that Bernard F. Baran is entitled to a new trial on charges that he sexually molested five young children at a day care center in Pittsfield in 1984 inspired a review of a tall stack of documents related to the case.

This work, undertaken largely to re-affirm a long-held opinion that Baran was railroaded into state prison by a lethal combination of homophobic prejudice, bad lawyering, bad science and weak judicial oversight was light duty compared with the task that now faces Berkshire County District Attorney David F. Capeless.

Capeless must decide whether to appeal the decision to the Supreme Judicial Court, re-try Baran or drop the case, in which event Baran would go free. He was released from prison in 2006 after serving 21 years, but his every move is monitored electronically and the threat of re-incarceration hangs over him constantly. At best, he's half-free, haunted by uncertainty about whether he will ever regain full liberty.

To be sure, there are those who would wish this misery — and much more — on Baran, but even the most vociferous of his detractors, assuming that they possess even elementary knowledge of the facts of the case as they have been revealed in recent years, would be hard pressed to deny that there now is much more reason to question his guilt.

The pool of reasonable doubt has become far deeper and wider than it was in 1985. Baran has never stopped proclaiming his innocence, and it's likely that he would have been free long ago if he'd purchased his liberty with a (false) admission of guilt. It's worth noting that the prosecution has never disputed Baran's trial lawyer's public statement that his client was offered — and rejected outright — a deal in 1985: plead guilty and serve six years "local time" in the House of Correction. A reasonable person could be excused for wondering why a guilty man would turn that down.

Given that this layman's knowledge of the ins and outs of appellate practice is nonexistent, it's obvious that the district attorney is in the best position to decide whether or not to pursue an appeal. He is, indeed, the only person who can make that call, and if he decides to try to take the case "up" to the SJC, a fresh blizzard of paper will cover the ground and there's no telling when it will be cleared up.

Given the comprehensive findings of the Appeals Court, it now seems to be fairly well settled that the first trial was fatally flawed, but if the high court decides to have another look, so be it. All a citizen can ask is that matters be expedited to the fullest extent possible. After all, justice delayed is justice denied, even when it's the prosecution's appeal under consideration.

A new trial is another matter entirely, and if the district attorney decides to take that route, the order of events is somewhat more predictable. It begins with an indictment. If a grand jury delivers one, it's on to court, where it's certain that things will proceed in a manner far different from the way they did in 1985.

Witnesses will be cross-examined by lawyers supplied with extensive "discovery" material that wasn't available to Baran's original trial counsel. The investigation conducted by lawyers defending the day care center against a parent's civil suit for negligent supervision yielded extensive evidence suggesting that people other than Baran had sexually abused the children.

Also, the video tapes of interviews with the children will likely be shown in their entirety. In 1985, jurors saw only pre-selected sequences.

The unedited tapes display the use of a wide range of since-discredited interviewing techniques that produced answers that well-meaning adults wanted to hear. Besides, nowhere on the tapes is a child shown being asked an open-ended question, much less making a spontaneous, unsolicited or un-coached accusation against Baran.

At sea or in court, undercurrents lurk, and one of the most troublesome — and troubling — of these is the statement, supported only by indirect evidence, that in at least one case, it was suggested to a child that receipt of "a lot of money" — an insurance settlement — hinged on the identification of Baran as the culprit.

As they did in 1985, and as they always will, children aim to please adults, and the children in the Baran case could be said to have been victimized twice, once by being sexually abused and again by the cruel twisting of their natural and innocent desire to make grownups happy.

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"Time to leave Bernard Baran alone"
The Berkshire Eagle, Letters, Tuesday, May 26, 2009

As D.R. Bahlman's column of May 19 (2009) and other accounts clearly spell out, the trial of Bernard Baran in 1985 was nothing short of a farce on all levels. Among the numerous blunders that occurred during the trial, the one that comes to mind for me is the apparent false accusations against Baran from a homophobic mother whose child was diagnosed with gonorrhea of the mouth, and whose abuse pointed toward the mother's live-in boyfriend. This is just one of many aspects of an investigation and trial that in retrospect borders on the bizarre, whether one looks at the prosecution, defense (what there was of it) and the overall conduct of the trial.

Justice was not served in this case, and the consequence was 21 years in state prison for Baran. One has to wonder what motivates District Attorney David F. Capeless to consider a retrial or an appeal of a decision by a Superior Court judge, upheld by the Massachusetts Appeals Court, that depicts accusations as essentially groundless and the trial as a shambles.

Perhaps Mr. Capeless is intent upon assuaging the reputation of a prosecution for which the Appeals Court raised the possibility of misconduct. What the latest rulings reveal, however, is that an injustice was perpetuated against Mr. Baran, and it's time he be left alone to live the rest of his life in peace.

RICHARD T. DELMASTO
Pittsfield, Massachusetts
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"Bernard Baran decision-time"
The Berkshire Eagle, Editorial, Wednesday, June 3, 2009

After more than 20 years, the legal system could finally release its grip on Bernard A. Baran. Or, another chapter could be written in this long-running saga. We hope for the former, primarily because Mr. Baran has needlessly suffered enough, but also to close a dark chapter in Berkshire County's legal history.

The decision rests this week with Berkshire District Attorney David Capeless, who could challenge the decision made last month by an appeals court to uphold the overturning of Mr. Baran's conviction for child molestation. He could also pursue a new trial in what is now a quarter-century-old case.

After serving 21 years in jail, Mr. Baran, who was found guilty of molesting five young children at the Early Childhood Center in Pittsfield, was released in 2006 following a ruling by Superior Court Judge Francis R. Fecteau. A state appeals court upheld that ruling, and in doing so took a step past Judge Fecteau's decision that Mr. Baran was victimized by a poor defense. The court placed that poor defense in the context of a poor prosecution, raising the issue of prosecutorial misconduct without reaching a definitive conclusion.

The decisions made by Judge Fecteau and the court were well-reasoned and articulated, and it is difficult to imagine the state Supreme Judicial Court, which is the next step up the judicial ladder, ruling any differently. An appeal to that level will invite another investigation of the handling of that case, which is not one that flatters the Berkshire legal system.

That Mr. Baran and his attorney were denied access to taped interviews in which the alleged victims contradicted each other, as well as to police reports and other material that could have benefited Mr. Baran, is beyond dispute. Since-discredited interviewing techniques were employed amidst a climate of mid-'80s hysteria fueled by a similar higher profile case at the other end of the state. Mix in homophobia and inadequate judicial oversight and the result is a fatally and horrifically flawed case.

Bringing a new trial would mean getting the testimony of adults asked to recall events of their childhood 25 years ago that were cloudy when the first trial took place in 1985. We trust that the case would be better executed than its predecessor, but the fog of time would inevitably compromise it.

And to what purpose? Mr. Baran, who is gay, has spent 21 hard years behind bars. Even now, he is electrically monitored, and with the possibility of being sent back to jail still real, he is not entirely free either physically or psychologically. Time for all parties to move on.
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"Dropping Baran case, DA calls jury's verdict correct"
By Jack Dew, Berkshire Eagle Staff, Tuesday, June 9, 2009

PITTSFIELD — Ending a case that spanned three decades and kept Bernard Baran Jr. in prison for 21 years, Berkshire District Attorney David F. Capeless today said he will no longer seek to prosecute Baran on child molestation charges.

Appearing at a mid-morning press conference in his North Street office, Capeless said he reached his decision after careful consideration and consultation with the alleged victims.

"My decision is not based upon any judgment that Baran did not do what he was convicted of by a jury 24 years ago," Capeless said. "In fact, I remain convinced that those 12 jurors delivered a correct verdict."

Baran was not immediately available for comment.

His lead attorney, John Swomley of Boston, said in a telephone interview that, sometimes, "the system really works. It took a long, long time for it to work in this case, and a lot of hard work, but when we were able to demonstrate that injustice happened and get into a neutral court, we were able to prevail."

"I have been waiting for this moment for nine years," he added. "It makes more than my day. It makes my week, my month, my life. I am so happy for (Baran)."

Baran, now 44, was accused of molesting five young children at the Early Childhood Development Center in 1984 when he was 19 years old. He was convicted in 1985 and sentenced to three concurrent life sentences.

But his case was kept alive by a growing number of supporters who were convinced that Baran, an openly gay man, was persecuted for his sexuality and a victim of the hysteria that surrounded allegations of child molestation at day care centers around the country, including the famous Fells Acres case in Malden.

In June 2004, Baran's new legal team filed a motion for a new trial, arguing that Baran's original attorney was incompetent. In 2006, a Superior Court judge agreed and overturned the guilty verdict, freeing Baran after 21 years.

Capeless challenged that ruling in the Massachusetts Appeals Court which, in May, upheld the lower court and went even further, ruling that Baran's right to a public trial had been violated when the judge closed the courtroom during the children's testimony. It also raised the possibility of prosecutorial misconduct, calling several of the prosecutor's actions "troubling."

While Capeless acknowledged "that there were mistakes made" during the 1984 investigation and the 1985 trial, he said the passage of time was more damaging to the case, making it nearly impossible to prosecute Baran again.

"The damage that has occurred to the memories of the witnesses, and the damages that will occur from bringing forth the remaining memories of the victims, compel me to realize that going forward is not in the interests of justice," he said.

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"Freedom official: DA drops Baran case"
Berkshire Eagle Staff, Tuesday, June 9, 2009

PITTSFIELD — Berkshire District Attorney David F. Capeless said today he will drop the case against Bernard Baran Jr., who spent 21 years in prison on child molestation charges, after an appeals court judge overturned the man's conviction in May.

Capeless' decision, issued at an 11 a.m. press conference, means that Baran is a free man.

Baran, 44, was convicted in 1985 of molesting five young children at the Early Childhood Development Center in Pittsfield. He was sentenced to life in prison but was freed in 2006 when his new legal team successfully argued that his original attorney was incompetent.

The appeals court agreed that Baran's attorney was incompetent and pushed its judgment even further in Baran's favor. It found that a decision to close the courtroom when the children took the stand violated Baran's right to a public trial and, by itself, was sufficient grounds to overturn the guilty verdict.

Perhaps more importantly, the appeals court broached the possibility of prosecutorial misconduct. It said then-Assistant District Attorney Daniel A. Ford — who is now a Superior Court judge — may have inappropriately vouched for witnesses and made improper statements during his closing arguments.
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"Bernard Baran free for keeps: Baran's family can put the past finally behind"
By Jack Dew, Berkshire Eagle Staff, Wednesday, June 10, 2009

PITTSFIELD — Just after 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Bernard Baran turned a corner on Wendell Avenue and, holding his mother's hand, walked up the stairs of the Berkshire Superior Court to claim his freedom.

In a plain office on the second floor of the Probation Department, Baran rested his foot on a metal chair while the last remnant of his imprisonment — an electronic monitoring bracelet belted around his ankle — was cut loose. After 21 years in prison and three years under close court supervision, he was free.

Back outside in the damp afternoon, Baran and his small group of friends and family huddled briefly. There were no plans for a celebration, just a trip home.

"I came (to the Berkshires) today because my mother had to watch her innocent son being taken away 24 years ago, and I can't imagine what that was like for her," he said. "I knew today that I had to be here — be here with her — when we got the news, whether it was good or bad."

Baran's older brother, Santo, was turned away on Tuesday morning when he tried to attend the press conference where Berkshire District Attorney David F. Capeless said he would not seek to prosecute Baran on child molestation charges. He waited outside for word and then relayed the news to Baran.

"It's been a long time coming," Santo said. "Too long."

Baran has been living and working in the Boston area since a Superior Court judge overturned his guilty verdict in 2006. For three years, he said, he has lived with the constant threat that he could be returned to prison, perhaps by a ruling from the appeals court or a change in the terms of his bail.

"I never could really enjoy life because I always worried about the what ifs. How close do you get to your family before you get ripped away again?" he said.

"I don't feel glorious in this for the simple fact that there is still a lot of hurt to a lot of different people," he added.

For Baran's mother, Bertha Shaw, Capeless' decision ended 24 years of worrying and praying.

"It feels like it's not real," she said. "I prayed and I never gave up, because I knew from day one, when I asked him, 'If you did this, we can get you help,' and he looked right at me and said, 'Mom, I didn't do this. Don't worry.' So I knew that I would never give up. There were times when I wondered if we would ever see this day, or if I would live long enough to see it, but I never gave up."

Asked what he plans to do now, Baran said he will "take it one day at a time, real slow." He said he knows he can't regain what he lost.

"One thing I have learned is that you can't make up for anything. If you try, you get lost in the pain of realizing how much you missed," he said. "So I've got to start over."

And he said he will never be the person he was before he was imprisoned.

"Everything that I went through will never be over for me, and I am a different guy than I was before. I don't trust. I worry. I'm nervous about everything, and I worry for my family," he said. "I just want to move on and be with my family and embrace the life that I desperately fought to get back."
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"Capeless' statement"
The Berkshire Eagle, City, Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Berkshire District Attorney David F. Capeless has decided not to continue prosecuting the criminal case against Bernard Baran. At a Tuesday morning press conference, Capeless gave the following statement: "After careful consideration, I have decided to no longer prosecute the case against Bernard Baran. My decision is not based upon any judgment that Baran did not do what he was convicted of by a jury 24 years ago. In fact, I remain convinced that those 12 jurors delivered a correct verdict.

"I acknowledge that there were mistakes made back in 1984 and 1985. But the passage of 24 years has done more to damage any further prosecution of the case than anything that happened back then. The damage that has occurred to the memories of the witnesses, and the damages that will occur from bringing forth the remaining memories of the victims compel me to realize that going forward is not in the interests of justice

"Since inheriting this case five years ago, I tried to fulfill my responsibilities as district attorney. I have carefully reviewed all the material available that was connected to this case. And I have made professional judgments that were in the interests of justice. Not necessarily to protect a conviction, but to do what I felt was right. Those decisions did lead me to pursue the available legal avenues to maintain the verdicts — in the trial court and then eventually in the appeals court. That argument has not been successful, and I accept the decisions of the courts.

"My decision today is made foremost in the best interests of the victims — each of them now a young adult. Twenty-four years ago, the investigation and prosecution were undertaken for their benefit, and what I do today, as best I can, is also for their benefit.

"I have legitimate concerns about their ability to accurately recall events of twenty-four years ago, but I have an even greater concern for the damage those recollections might cause now.

"My conversations with them, during the past five years and most recently, have made clear to me that the pain they endured was real. For those who have been able to put the pain behind them, I do not want to bring it back. For those who could not put the pain behind them, I do not want to deepen the trauma.

"Today my thoughts are with them, and I want to speak about them and for them. Up to now, this matter has been all about Bernard Baran. Today, it is about the victims: their courage then — as young children who came into court to testify, and their continued courage now, as young adults carrying on with their lives.

"As I spoke to them recently, each of them expressed concern for the welfare and the feelings of the others, and only reluctantly talked about him or herself. They all want to do what is best, and they each are in accord with my decision.

"They each know that what happened to them 24 years ago was very real. And they each also expressed an appreciation that the 20-plus years that Baran spent in prison were just as real as their pain. For them, there has been a real measure of justice. But now, it is time to put it behind us."
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"A 24-year saga"
The Berkshire Eagle, City, Wednesday, June 10, 2009

A time line of events in the Bernard Baran Jr. case:

October 1984: Bernard Baran Jr. is arrested on charges that he molested children at the Early Childhood Development Center in Pittsfield.

January 1985: Baran is found guilty by a Superior Court jury of three counts of rape and five counts of indecent assault and battery. He is sentenced to three concurrent life prison terms.

March 1986: The Massachusetts Appeals Court upholds Baran's convictions. The Supreme Judicial Court refuses to review the decision.

June 2004: A new legal team files a motion for a new trial in Berkshire Superior Court. The case is moved to Worcester.

June 2005: Judge Francis R. Fecteau conducts hearings over five days on the motion for a new trial.

June 2006: Fecteau overturns Baran's convictions and orders a new trial. Berkshire District Attorney David F. Capeless appeals. Baran goes free on bond.

February 2008: The appeals court hears oral arguments in Capeless' appeal.

May 15, 2009: The appeals court upholds Fecteau's decision. Baran remains free.

Tuesday (6/9/2009): Capeless announces that he will drop the case against Baran, ending the prosecution after 25 years.

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"The right and only call"
The Berkshire Eagle, Editorial, Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Bernard A. Baran Jr. has been out of jail for three years, but for the first time in 24 years he is truly free. The decision of Berkshire District Attorney David F. Capeless not to continue prosecuting the case against Mr. Baran finally ends a long and disturbing legal saga.

In 1985, the 19-year-old Mr. Baran was convicted by a Berkshire Superior Court jury of sexually molesting five young children at the Early Childhood Development Center, and was sentenced to three concurrent life sentences. It was clear from his statement at a press conference Tuesday that Mr. Capeless remains convinced of Mr. Baran's guilt, but all that can be said with certainty is that judicial oversight was lacking in a case that was botched by the defense and mishandled by the prosecution. Both a Superior Court judge and the Massachusetts Appeals Court made this clear. After 21 years in prison, Mr. Baran was freed following the overturning of the guilty verdict in 2006, but he has been electronically monitored as the appeal process dragged on.

Mr. Capeless acknowledged "there were mistakes made" in the legal process, but they were many and grievous. The Appeals Court found that closing the courtroom during the children's testimony violated Mr. Baran's right to a public trial, and the court raised the possibility of prosecutorial misconduct in the context of the lack of access accorded the defense to reports and taped testimony that could have helped Mr. Baran. Child molestation and gay hysteria contributed to a poisonous climate.

The district attorney said that his decision not to appeal further or retry the case was based not on those mistakes but the affect of time on the memories of the alleged victims and the damage that could be brought by bringing forth those memories. We respect Mr. Capeless' concerns, but the coaching of testimony from those children with discredited techniques, indications that one parent coached a child in the hope of getting a large settlement, and the possibility that one child was abused by a family member are among the many problems that afflicted the original case.

At any rate, we are glad this case is finally over. We hope that Mr. Baran and all parties to it can move forward.
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"Massachusetts District Attorney decides not to retry child abuse case against a man convicted in 1985 of molesting children at day care center"
Bureau News - June 9th, 2009

BOSTON — A Massachusetts man who has long asserted he was wrongly convicted of child molestation during a national hysteria over child-care sex abuse cases in the 1980s and was freed three years ago won’t face a new trial.

Forty-four-year-old Bernard Baran was released in 2006 after a judge ruled the lawyer who represented him at his 1985 trial was incompetent. Baran’s supporters also have questioned investigators’ methods of interviewing children in the case.

Prosecutors say retrying Baran is “not in the interests of justice” and would dredge up painful memories for witnesses.

In a statement released after prosecutors announced their decision Tuesday, Baran says he feels vindicated. His lawyer, Harvey Silverglate, says Baran would have been acquitted had the case been tried properly.

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"McElroy made the proper call"
The Berkshire Eagle, Letters, January 24, 2010

Kudos to Judge James McElroy for making the right decision in a case of police and prosecutorial misconduct by dismissing all the charges against the Simonetta family (Eagle, Jan. 12).

As Judge McElroy stated, the failure to follow appropriate and legal discovery procedures by the police and prosecution was so "severely substandard" that he had no choice but to end this farce of a trial. I found it interesting that District Attorney David Capeless, if effect, dismissed McElroy's admonitions by avoiding any blame for his office's serious transgressions, instead attributing the situation to "logistical failures."

Judging by his comments, Mr. Capeless refuses to acknowledge responsibility for his office's ineptitude, or to recognize that the lives of innocent people were seriously jeopardized. The Simonetta family was victimized by state officials, who refused to show identification, and police, who barged into their home without a warrant to take away their grandchild, and assaulted three family members, according to a defense attorney. The police then imposed false criminal charges against family members that could have upended their lives, just for defending home and family. I find it difficult to swallow that Joseph Simonetta, at the age of 70, posed some kind of threat to an armed policemen to the point where he had to be charged with assault and battery of a police officer. According to Mr. Simonetta, the trial would have uncovered more lies.

I wish defense attorney John G. Swomley well in his pursuit of justice for the Simonetta family via civil suit against these authorities, whom he said should "have their noses rubbed in the mess they made, like a bad dog." Aptly said.

RICHARD DELMASTO
Pittsfield, Massachusetts

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Dolphin

Dolphin
The bottlenose is just one of the new animals set to appear on the price-change stamps. It will serve as a 64-cent stamp for odd shaped envelopes.

2009 price-change stamps

2009 price-change stamps
www.boston.com/business/gallery/2009pircechangestamps/ -&- www.boston.com/news/nation/washington/articles/2009/02/27/new_stamps_set_for_rate_increase_in_may/

Red Sox v Yankees

Red Sox v Yankees
Go Red Sox!

President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama
AP photo v Shepard Fairey

Rush Limbaugh lackeys

Rush Limbaugh lackeys
Posted by Dan Wasserman of the Boston Globe on March 3, 2009.

Honest Abe

Honest Abe
A 2007 US Penny

Dog race

Dog race
Sledding for dogs

The Capital of the Constitution State

The Capital of the Constitution State
Hartford, once the wealthiest city in the United States but now the poorest in Connecticut, is facing an uphill battle.

Brady, Bundchen married

Brady, Bundchen married
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and model Gisele Bundchen wed Feb. 26, 2009 in a Catholic ceremony in Los Angeles. www.boston.com/ae/celebrity/gallery/tom_gisele/

Mayor Jimmy Ruberto

Mayor Jimmy Ruberto
Tanked Pittsfield's local economy while helping his fellow insider political hacks and business campaign contributors!

Journalist Andrew Manuse

Journalist Andrew Manuse
www.manuse.com

New Hampshire Supreme Court Building

New Hampshire Supreme Court Building
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Hampshire_Supreme_Court

Economic State of the Union

Economic State of the Union
A look at some of the economic conditions the Obama administration faces and what resources have already been pledged to help. 2/24/2009

President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama
The president addresses the nation's governors during a dinner in the State Dinning Room, Sunday, Feb. 22, 2009, at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari).

The Oscars - 2/22/2009.

The Oscars - 2/22/2009.
Hugh Jackman and Beyoncé Knowles teamed up for a musical medley during the show.

The 81st Academy Awards - Oscars - 2009

The 81st Academy Awards - Oscars - 2009
Hugh Jackman pulled actress Anne Hathaway on stage to accompany him during his opening musical number.

Rachel Maddow

Rachel Maddow
A Progressive News Commentator

$500,000 per year

$500,000 per year
That is chump change for the corporate elite!

THE CORPORATE ELITE...

THE CORPORATE ELITE...
Jeffrey R. Immelt, chairman and chief executive of General Electric

The Presidents' Club

The Presidents' Club
Bush, Obama, Bush Jr, Clinton & Carter.

5 Presidents: Bush, Obama, Bush Jr, Clinton, & Carter!

5 Presidents: Bush, Obama, Bush Jr, Clinton, & Carter!
White House Event: January 7, 2009.

Bank Bailout!

Bank Bailout!
v taxpayer

Actress Elizabeth Banks

Actress Elizabeth Banks
She will present an award to her hometown (Pittsfield) at the Massachusetts State House next month (1/2009). She recently starred in "W" and "Zack and Miri Make a Porno," and just signed a $1 million annual contract to be a spokesmodel for Paris.

Joanna Lipper

Joanna Lipper
Her award-winning 1999 documentary, "Growing Up Fast," about teenaged mothers in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

Happy Holidays...

Happy Holidays...
...from "Star Wars"

Massachusetts "poor" economy

Massachusetts "poor" economy
Massachusetts is one of the wealthiest states, but it is also very inequitable. For example, it boasts the nation's most lucrative lottery, which is just a system of regressive taxation so that the corporate elite get to pay less in taxes!

Reese Witherspoon

Reese Witherspoon
Hollywood Actress

Peter G. Arlos.

Peter G. Arlos.
Arlos is shown in his Pittsfield office in early 2000.

Turnpike OK's hefty toll hikes

Turnpike OK's hefty toll hikes
Big Dig - East-west commuters take hit; Fees at tunnels would double. 11/15/2008.

The Pink Panther 2

The Pink Panther 2
Starring Steve Martin

Police ABUSE

Police ABUSE
I was a victim of Manchester Police Officer John Cunningham's ILLEGAL USES of FORCE! John Cunningham was reprimanded by the Chief of Police for disrespecting me. John Cunningham yelled at a witness: "I don't care if he (Jonathan Melle) is disabled!"

Barack Obama

Barack Obama
The 44th US President!

Vote

Vote
Elections

The Bailout & the economic stimulus check

The Bailout & the economic stimulus check
A political cartoon by Dan Wasserman

A rainbow over Boston

A rainbow over Boston
"Rainbows galore" 10/2/2008

Our nation's leaders!

Our nation's leaders!
President Bush with both John McCain & Barack Obama - 9/25/2008.

Massachusetts & Big Dig: Big hike in tolls for Pike looming (9/26/2008).

Massachusetts & Big Dig: Big hike in tolls for Pike looming (9/26/2008).
$5 rise at tunnels is one possibility $1 jump posed for elsewhere.

Mary E Carey

Mary E Carey
My FAVORITE Journalist EVER!

9/11/2008 - A Show of Unity!

9/11/2008 - A Show of Unity!
John McCain and Barack Obama appeared together at ground zero in New York City - September 11, 2008.

John McCain...

John McCain...
...has all but abandoned the positions on taxes, torture and immigration. (A cartoon by Dan Wasserman. September 2008).

Dan Wasserman

Dan Wasserman
The deregulated chickens come home to roost... in all our pocketbooks. September 2008.

Sarah Palin's phobia

Sarah Palin's phobia
A scripted candidate! (A cartoon by Dan Wasserman).

Dan Wasserman

Dan Wasserman
Family FInances - September, 2008.

Mark E. Roy

Mark E. Roy
Ward 1 Alderman for Manchester, NH (2008).

Theodore “Ted” L. Gatsas

Theodore “Ted” L. Gatsas
Ward 2 Alderman (& NH State Senator) for Manchester, NH (2008).

Peter M. Sullivan

Peter M. Sullivan
Ward 3 (downtown) Alderman for Manchester, NH (2008).

Jim Roy

Jim Roy
Ward 4 Alderman for Manchester, NH (2008).

Ed Osborne

Ed Osborne
Ward 5 Alderman for Manchester, NH (2008).

Real R. Pinard

Real R. Pinard
Ward 6 Alderman for Manchester, NH (2008).

William P. Shea

William P. Shea
Ward 7 Alderman for Manchester, NH (2008).

Betsi DeVries

Betsi DeVries
Ward 8 Alder-woman (& NH State Senator) for Manchester, NH (2008).

Michael Garrity

Michael Garrity
Ward 9 Alderman for Manchester, NH (2008).

George Smith

George Smith
Ward 10 Alderman for Manchester, NH (2008).

Russ Ouellette

Russ Ouellette
Ward 11 Alderman for Manchester, NH (2008).

Kelleigh (Domaingue) Murphy

Kelleigh (Domaingue) Murphy
Ward 12 Alder-woman for Manchester, NH (2008).

“Mike” Lopez

“Mike” Lopez
At-Large Alderman for Manchester, NH. (2008).

Daniel P. O’Neil

Daniel P. O’Neil
At-Large Alderman for Manchester, NH (2008).

Sarah Palin for Vice President.

Sarah Palin for Vice President.
Republican John McCain made the surprise pick of Alaska's governor Sarah Palin as his running mate today, August 29, 2008.

U.S. Representative John Olver, D-Amherst, Massachusetts.

U.S. Representative John Olver, D-Amherst, Massachusetts.
Congressman Olver said the country has spent well over a half-trillion dollars on the war in Iraq while the situation in Afghanistan continues to deteriorate. 8/25/08.

Ed O'Reilly for US Senate in Massachusetts!

Ed O'Reilly for US Senate in Massachusetts!
John Kerry's 9/2008 challenger in the Democratic Primary.

Shays' Rebellion

Shays' Rebellion
In a tax revolt, Massachusetts farmers fought back during Shays' Rebellion in the mid-1780s after The American Revolutionary War.

Julianne Moore

Julianne Moore
Actress. "The Big Lebowski" is one of my favorite movies. I also like "The Fugitive", too.

Rinaldo Del Gallo III & "Superman"

Rinaldo Del Gallo III & "Superman"
Go to: http://www.berkshirefatherhood.com/index.php?mact=News,cntnt01,detail,0&cntnt01articleid=699&cntnt01returnid=69

"Income chasm widening in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts"

"Income chasm widening in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts"
The gap between rich and poor has widened substantially in Massachusetts over the past two decades. (8/15/2008).

Dan "Bureaucrat" Bosley

Dan "Bureaucrat" Bosley
"The Bosley Amendment": To create tax loopholes for the wealthiest corporate interests in Massachusetts!

John Edwards and...

John Edwards and...
...Rielle Hunter. WHO CARES?!

Rep. Edward J. Markey

Rep. Edward J. Markey
He wants online-privacy legislation. Some Web Firms Say They Track Behavior Without Explicit Consent.

Cindy Sheehan

Cindy Sheehan
She gained fame with her antiwar vigil outside the Bush ranch.

Olympics kick off in Beijing

Olympics kick off in Beijing
Go USA!

Exxon Mobil 2Q profit sets US record, shares fall

Exxon Mobil 2Q profit sets US record, shares fall
In this May 1, 2008, file photo, a customer pumps gas at an Exxon station in Middleton, Mass. Exxon Mobil Corp. reported second-quarter earnings of $11.68 billion Thursday, July 31, the biggest quarterly profit ever by any U.S. corporation, but the results were well short of Wall Street expectations and its shares fell as markets opened. (AP Photo/Lisa Poole, File) 7/31/2008.

Onota Lake 'Sea Serpent'

Onota Lake 'Sea Serpent'
Some kind of monster on Onota Lake. Five-year-old Tyler Smith rides a 'sea serpent' on Onota Lake in Pittsfield, Mass. The 'monster,' fashioned by Smith's grandfather, first appeared over July 4 weekend. (Photo courtesy of Ron Smith). 7/30/2008.

Al Gore, Jr.

Al Gore, Jr.
Al Gore issues challenge on energy

The Norman Rockwell Museum

The Norman Rockwell Museum
Stockbridge, Massachusetts

"Big Dig"

"Big Dig"
Boston's financially wasteful pork barrel project!

"Big Dig"

"Big Dig"
Boston's pork barrel public works project cost 50 times more than the original price!

Mary E Carey

Mary E Carey
My favorite journalist EVER!

U.S. Rep. John Olver, state Sen. Stan Rosenberg and Selectwomen Stephanie O'Keeffe and Alisa Brewer

U.S. Rep. John Olver, state Sen. Stan Rosenberg and Selectwomen Stephanie O'Keeffe and Alisa Brewer
Note: Photo from Mary E Carey's Blog.

Tanglewood

Tanglewood
Boston Symphony Orchestra music director James Levine.

Google

Google
Chagall

Jimmy Ruberto

Jimmy Ruberto
Faces multiple persecutions under the Massachusetts "Ethics" conflict of interest laws.

Barack Obama

Barack Obama
Obama vows $500m in faith-based aid.

John McCain

John McCain
He is with his wife, Cindy, who were both met by Colombian President Alvaro Uribe (right) upon arriving in Cartagena.

Daniel Duquette

Daniel Duquette
Sold Mayor James M. Ruberto of Pittsfield two tickets to the 2004 World Series at face value.

Hillary & Barack in Unity, NH - 6/27/2008

Hillary & Barack in Unity, NH - 6/27/2008
Clinton tells Obama, crowd in Unity, N.H.: 'We are one party'

John Forbes Kerry

John Forbes Kerry
Wanna-be Prez?

WALL-E

WALL-E
"out of this World"

Crisis in the Congo - Ben Affleck

Crisis in the Congo - Ben Affleck
http://abcnews.go.com/Nightline/popup?id=5057139&contentIndex=1&page=1&start=false - http://abcnews.go.com/Nightline/story?id=5234555&page=1

Jeanne Shaheen

Jeanne Shaheen
NH's Democratic returning candidate for U.S. Senate

"Wall-E"

"Wall-E"
a cool robot

Ed O'Reilly

Ed O'Reilly
www.edoreilly.com

Go Celtics!

Go Celtics!
World Champions - 2008

Go Red Sox!

Go Red Sox!
J.D. Drew gets the same welcome whenever he visits the City of Brotherly Love: "Booooooo!"; Drew has been vilified in Philadelphia since refusing to sign with the Phillies after they drafted him in 1997...

Joe Kelly Levasseur & Joe Briggs

Joe Kelly Levasseur & Joe Briggs
www.2joes.org

NH Union Leader

NH Union Leader
Editorial Cartoon

Celtics - World Champions!

Celtics - World Champions!
www.boston.com/sports/basketball/celtics/gallery/06_18_08_front_pages/ - www.boston.com/sports/basketball/celtics/gallery/06_17_08_finals_game_6/ - www.boston.com/sports/basketball/celtics/gallery/06_17_08_celebration/ - www.boston.com/sports/basketball/celtics/gallery/06_15_08_celtics_championships/

"The Nation"

"The Nation"
A "Liberal" weekly political news magazine. Katrina vanden Heuvel.

TV - PBS: NOW

TV - PBS: NOW
http://www.pbs.org/now

The Twilight Zone

The Twilight Zone
List of Twilight Zone episodes - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Twilight_Zone_episodes

Equality for ALL Marriages

Equality for ALL Marriages
I, Jonathan Melle, am a supporter of same sex marriages.

Kobe Bryant leads his time to a Game 5 victory.

Kobe Bryant leads his time to a Game 5 victory.
L.A. Lakers holds on for the win to force Game 6 at Boston

Mohawk Trail

Mohawk Trail
The 'Hail to the Sunrise' statue in Charlemont is a well-known and easily recognized landmark on the Mohawk Trail. The trail once boasted several souvenir shops, some with motels and restaurants. Now only four remain. (Caroline Bonnivier / Berkshire Eagle Staff).

NASA - June 14, 2008

NASA - June 14, 2008
Space Shuttle Discovery returns to Earth.

Go Celtics! Game # 4 of the 2008 NBA Finals.

Go Celtics! Game # 4 of the 2008 NBA Finals.
Boston took a 20-second timeout, and the Celtics ran off four more points (including this incredible Erving-esque layup from Ray Allen) to build the lead to five points with just 2:10 remaining. Reeling, the Lakers took a full timeout to try to regain their momentum.

Sal DiMasi

Sal DiMasi
Speaker of the Massachusetts State House of Representatives

Kelly Ayotte - Attorney General of New Hampshire

Kelly Ayotte - Attorney General of New Hampshire
http://doj.nh.gov/

John Kerry

John Kerry
He does not like grassroots democracy & being challenged in the 2008 Massachusetts Democratic Party Primary for re-election.

Tim Murray

Tim Murray
Corrupt Lt. Gov. of Massachusetts, 2007 - 2013.

North Adams, Massachusetts

North Adams, Massachusetts
downtown

Howie Carr

Howie Carr
Political Satirist on Massachusetts Corruption/Politics

Polar Bear

Polar Bear
Global Warming

Elizabeth Warren - Web-Site Links

Elizabeth Warren - Web-Site Links
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_Warren & http://www.creditslips.org/creditslips/WarrenAuthor.html

Elizabeth Warren

Elizabeth Warren
Consumer Crusader

Leon Powe

Leon Powe
Celtics forward Leon Powe finished a fast break with a dunk.

Kevin Garnett

Kevin Garnett
Kevin Garnett reacted during the game.

Rajon Rondo

Rajon Rondo
Rajon Rondo finished a first half fast break with a dunk.

Teamwork

Teamwork
Los Angeles Lakers teammates help Pau Gasol (16) from the floor in the second quarter.

Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant took a shot in the first half of Game 2.

Kendrick Perkins

Kendrick Perkins
Kendrick Perkins (right) backed down Lamar Odom (left) during first half action.

Go Celtics!

Go Celtics!
The Boston Symphony Orchestra performed the national anthem prior to Game 2.

K.G.!

K.G.!
Garnett reacted to a hard dunk in the first quarter.

Paul Pierce

Paul Pierce
Paul Pierce reacted after hitting a three upon his return to the game since leaving with an injury.

Go Celtics!

Go Celtics!
Kobe Bryant (left) and Paul Pierce (right) squared off in the second half of the game.

James Taylor

James Taylor
Sings National Anthem at Celtics Game.

John Forbes Kerry & Deval Patrick

John Forbes Kerry & Deval Patrick
Attended Celtics Game.

Greats of the NBA: Dr. J, Bill Russell, & Kareem!

Greats of the NBA: Dr. J, Bill Russell, & Kareem!
Attend Game 1 of the 2008 NBA Finals.

Bruce Willis

Bruce Willis
The actor (left) and his date were in the crowd before the Celtics game.

John Kerry

John Kerry
Golddigger attends Celtics game

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton
Ends her 2008 bid for Democratic Party nomination

Nonnie Burnes

Nonnie Burnes
Massachusetts Insurance Commish & former Judge

Jones Library

Jones Library
Amherst, Massachusetts

Barack Obama & Hillary Clinton

Barack Obama & Hillary Clinton
2008 Democratic Primary

"US vs Exxon and Halliburton"

"US vs Exxon and Halliburton"
U.S. Senator John Sununu took more than $220,000 from big oil.

Jeanne Shaheen

Jeanne Shaheen
4- U.S. Senate - 2008

William Pignatelli

William Pignatelli
Hack Rep. "Smitty" with Lynne Blake

Ben Bernanke

Ben Bernanke
Federal Reserve Chairman

Gazettenet.com

Gazettenet.com
www.gazettenet.com/beta/

Boys' & Girls' Club

Boys' & Girls' Club
Melville Street, Pittsfield, Massachusetts

Denis Guyer

Denis Guyer
Dalton State Representative

The Berkshire Eagle

The Berkshire Eagle
Pittsfield, Massachusetts

Carmen Massimiano

Carmen Massimiano
Williams College - May 2008

Larry Bird & Magic Johnson

Larry Bird & Magic Johnson
www.boston.com/lifestyle/gallery/when_the_celtics_were_cool/

Regressive Taxation! via State Lotteries

Regressive Taxation! via State Lotteries
New Massachusetts state lottery game hits $600 million in sales!

Andrea Nuciforo

Andrea Nuciforo
"Luciforo"

John Barrett III

John Barrett III
Long-time Mayor of North Adams Massachusetts

Shine On

Shine On

Elmo

Elmo
cool!

Paul Pierce

Paul Pierce
Paul Pierce kissed the Eastern Conference trophy. 5/30/2008. AP Photo.

Kevin Garnett & Richard Hamilton

Kevin Garnett & Richard Hamilton
Kevin Garnett (left) talked to Pistons guard Richard Hamilton (right) after the Celtics' victory in Game 6. 5/30/2008. Reuters Photo.

Paul Pierce

Paul Pierce
Paul Pierce showed his team colors as the Celtics closed out the Pistons in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals. 5/30/2008. Globe Staff Photo / Jim Davis.

Joseph Kelly Levasseur

Joseph Kelly Levasseur
One of my favorite politicians!

Mary E Carey

Mary E Carey
In the Big Apple: NYC! She is the coolest!

Guyer & Kerry

Guyer & Kerry
My 2nd least favorite picture EVER!

Mary Carey

Mary Carey
My favorite journalist EVER!

Nuciforo & Ruberto

Nuciforo & Ruberto
My least favorite picture EVER!

Jeanne Shaheen

Jeanne Shaheen
U.S. Senate - 2008

NH Fisher Cats

NH Fisher Cats
AA Baseball - Toronto Blue Jays affiliate

Manchester, NH

Manchester, NH
Police Patch

Michael Briggs

Michael Briggs
#83 - We will never forget

Michael "Stix" Addison

Michael "Stix" Addison
http://unionleader.com/channel.aspx/News?channel=2af17ff4-f73b-4c44-9f51-092e828e1131

Charlie Gibson

Charlie Gibson
ABC News anchor

Scott McClellan

Scott McClellan
http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/people/m/scott_mcclellan/index.html?inline=nyt-per

Boise, Idaho

Boise, Idaho
Downtown Boise Idaho

John Forbes Kerry

John Forbes Kerry
Legislative Hearing in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, BCC, on Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson
My favorite classical U.S. President!

NH Governor John Lynch

NH Governor John Lynch
Higher Taxes, Higher Tolls

Paul Hodes

Paul Hodes
My favorite Congressman!

Portland Sea Dogs

Portland Sea Dogs
AA Red Sox

New York

New York
Magnet

Massachusetts

Massachusetts
Magnet

New Hampshire

New Hampshire
Magnet

New Hampshire

New Hampshire
Button

Carmen Massimiano

Carmen Massimiano
"Luciforo" tried to send me to Carmen's Jail during the Spring & Summer of 1998.

Kay Khan - Massachusetts State Representative

Kay Khan - Massachusetts State Representative
www.openmass.org/members/show/174

Luciforo

Luciforo
Andrea F Nuciforo II

B-Eagle

B-Eagle
Pittsfield's monopoly/only daily newspaper

Jon Lester - Go Red Sox!

Jon Lester - Go Red Sox!
A Red Sox No Hitter on 5/19/2008!

Go Red Sox!

Go Red Sox!
Dustin Pedroia & Manny Ramirez

U.S. Flag

U.S. Flag
God Bless America!

Jonathan Melle's Blog

Jonathan Melle's Blog
Hello, Everyone!

Molly Bish

Molly Bish
We will never forget!

Go Celtics!

Go Celtics!
Celtics guard Rajon Rondo listens to some advice from Celtics head coach Doc Rivers in the first half.

Go Celtics!

Go Celtics!
Celtics forward Kevin Garnett and Pistons forward Rasheed Wallace embrace at the end of the game.

Go Red Sox!

Go Red Sox!
Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon calls for the ball as he charges toward first base. Papelbon made the out en route to picking up his 14th save of the season.

Go Red Sox!

Go Red Sox!
Red Sox starting pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka throws to Royals David DeJesus during the first inning.

Go Red Sox!

Go Red Sox!
Red Sox pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka delivers a pitch to Royals second baseman Mark Grudzielanek during the second inning.

Go Red Sox!

Go Red Sox!
Red Sox right fielder J.D. Drew is welcomed to home plate by teammates Mike Lowell (left), Kevin Youkilis (2nd left) and Manny Ramirez after he hit a grand slam in the second inning.

Go Red Sox!

Go Red Sox!
Red Sox third baseman Mike Lowell crosses the plate after hitting a grand slam during the sixth inning. Teammates Manny Ramirez and Jacoby Ellsbury scored on the play. The Red Sox went on to win 11-8 to complete a four-game sweep and perfect homestand.

JD Drew - Go Red Sox

JD Drew - Go Red Sox
www.boston.com/sports/baseball/redsox/gallery/05_22_08_sox_royals/

Thank you for serving; God Bless America!

Thank you for serving; God Bless America!
Master Sgt. Kara B. Stackpole, of Westfield, holds her daughter, Samantha, upon her return today to Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee. She is one of the 38 members of the 439th Aeromedical Staging Squadron who returned after a 4-month deployment in Iraq. Photo by Dave Roback / The Republican.

Kathi-Anne Reinstein

Kathi-Anne Reinstein
www.openmass.org/members/show/175

Ted Kennedy

Ted Kennedy
Tragic diagnosis: Get well Senator!

Google doodle - Jonathan Melle Internet search

Google doodle - Jonathan Melle Internet search
http://blogsearch.google.com/blogsearch?hl=en&q=jonathan+melle+blogurl:http://jonathanmelleonpolitics.blogspot.com/&ie=UTF-8

John Forbes Kerry

John Forbes Kerry
Billionaire U.S. Senator gives address to MCLA graduates in North Adams, Massachusetts in mid-May 2008

Andrea Nuciforo

Andrea Nuciforo
"Luciforo"

A Red Sox Fan in Paris, France

A Red Sox Fan in Paris, France
Go Red Sox!

Rinaldo Del Gallo III

Rinaldo Del Gallo III
Interviewed on local TV

Andrea Nuciforo

Andrea Nuciforo
Luciforo!

John Adams

John Adams
#2 U.S. President

Jonathan Melle

Jonathan Melle
I stood under a tree on the afternoon of May 9, 2008, on the foregrounds of the NH State House - www.websitetoolbox.com/tool/post/nhinsider/vpost?id=2967773

Jonathan Melle

Jonathan Melle
Inside the front lobby of the NH State House

Jonathan Melle

Jonathan Melle
Bill Clinton campaign memorabilia

Jonathan Melle

Jonathan Melle
Liberty Bell & NH State House

Jon Keller

Jon Keller
Boston based political analyst

Jon Keller

Jon Keller
Boston based political analyst

Jonathan Melle

Jonathan Melle
Franklin Pierce Statue #14 U.S. President

Jonathan Melle

Jonathan Melle
NH State House

Jonathan Melle

Jonathan Melle
Stop the War NOW!

Jonathan Melle

Jonathan Melle
"Mr. Melle, tear down this Blog!"

Jonathan Melle

Jonathan Melle
I stood next to a JFK photo

Jonathan Levine, Publisher

Jonathan Levine, Publisher
The Pittsfield Gazette Online

Jonathan Melle

Jonathan Melle
I made rabbit ears with John & George

Jonathan Melle

Jonathan Melle
I made antenna ears with John & George

Jonathan Melle

Jonathan Melle
I impersonated Howard Dean

Jonathan Melle

Jonathan Melle
mock-voting

Jonathan Melle

Jonathan Melle
pretty ladies -/- Go to: http://www.wgir.com/cc-common/cc_photopop20.html?eventID=28541&pagecontent=&pagenum=4 - Go to: http://current.com/items/88807921_veterans_should_come_first_not_last# - http://www.mcam23.com/cgi-bin/cutter.cgi?c_function=STREAM?c_feature=EDIT?dir_catagory=10MorningRadio?dir_folder=2JoesClips?dir_file=JonathanMelle-090308? -

Jonathan Melle

Jonathan Melle
Go Red Sox! Me at Fenway Park

Mary E. Carey

Mary E. Carey
My favorite journalist! Her voice sings for the Voiceless. -/- Go to: http://aboutamherst.blogspot.com/search?q=melle -/- Go to: http://ongeicocaveman.blogspot.com/search?q=melle

Velvet Jesus

Velvet Jesus
Mary Carey blogs about my political writings. This is a picture of Jesus from her childhood home in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. -//- "How Can I Keep From Singing" : My life goes on in endless song / Above Earth's lamentations, / I hear the real, though far-off hymn / That hails a new creation. / / Through all the tumult and the strife / I hear its music ringing, / It sounds an echo in my soul. / How can I keep from singing? / / Whey tyrants tremble in their fear / And hear their death knell ringing, / When friends rejoice both far and near / How can I keep from singing? / / In prison cell and dungeon vile / Our thoughts to them are winging / When friends by shame are undefiled / How can I keep from singing?

www.truthdig.com

www.truthdig.com
www.truthdig.com

Jonathan Melle

Jonathan Melle
Concord NH

The Huffington Post

The Huffington Post
http://fundrace.huffingtonpost.com/neighbors.php?type=loc&newest=1&addr=&zip=01201&search=Search

Barack Obama

Barack Obama
smiles & beer

Jonathan Lothrop

Jonathan Lothrop
A Pittsfield City Councilor

Michael L. Ward

Michael L. Ward
A Pittsfield City Councilor

Peter Marchetti - Pittsfield's City Councilor at Large

Peter Marchetti - Pittsfield's City Councilor at Large
Pete always sides with the wealthy's political interests.

Gerald Lee - Pittsfield's City Council Prez

Gerald Lee - Pittsfield's City Council Prez
Gerald Lee told me that I am a Social Problem; Lee executes a top-down system of governance.

Matt Kerwood - Pittsfield's Councilor at Large

Matt Kerwood - Pittsfield's Councilor at Large
Kerwood poured coffee drinks for Jane Swift

Louis Costi

Louis Costi
Pittsfield City Councilor

Lewis Markham

Lewis Markham
Pittsfield City Councilor

Kevin Sherman - Pittsfield City Councilor

Kevin Sherman - Pittsfield City Councilor
Sherman ran for Southern Berkshire State Rep against Smitty Pignatelli; Sherman is a good guy.

Anthony Maffuccio

Anthony Maffuccio
Pittsfield City Councilor

Linda Tyer

Linda Tyer
Pittsfield City Councilor

Daniel Bianchi

Daniel Bianchi
A Pittsfield City Councilor

The Democratic Donkey

The Democratic Donkey
Democratic Party Symbol

Paramount

Paramount
What is Paramount to you?

NH's Congresswoman

NH's Congresswoman
Carol Shea-Porter, Democrat

Sam Adams Beer

Sam Adams Beer
Boston Lager

Ratatouille

Ratatouille
Disney Animation

Ruberto Details Plans for Success - January 07, 2008

Ruberto Details Plans for Success - January 07, 2008
"Luciforo" swears in Mayor Ruberto. Pittsfield Politics at its very worst: 2 INSIDER POWERBROKERS! Where is Carmen Massimiano? He must be off to the side.

Abe

Abe
Lincoln

Optimus Prime

Optimus Prime
Leader of the Autobots

Optimus Prime

Optimus Prime
1984 Autobot Transformer Leader

Cleanup Agreements - GE & Pittsfield's PCBs toxic waste sites

Cleanup Agreements - GE & Pittsfield's PCBs toxic waste sites
www.epa.gov/region1/ge/cleanupagreement.html

GE/Housatonic River Site: Introduction

GE/Housatonic River Site: Introduction
www.epa.gov/region1/ge/

GE/Housatonic River Site - Reports

GE/Housatonic River Site - Reports
www.epa.gov/region1/ge/thesite/opca-reports.html

US EPA - Contact - Pittsfield's PCBs toxic waste sites

US EPA - Contact -  Pittsfield's PCBs toxic waste sites
www.epa.gov/region1/ge/contactinfo.html

GE Corporate Logo - Pittsfield's PCBs toxic waste sites

GE Corporate Logo - Pittsfield's PCBs toxic waste sites
www.epa.gov/region1/ge/index.html

Commonwealth Connector

Commonwealth Connector
Commonwealth Care

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
Healthcare Reform

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
Healthcare Reform

Network Health Forward - A Commonwealth Care Plan

Network Health Forward - A Commonwealth Care Plan
Massachusetts Health Reform

Network Health Together: A MassHealth Plan - Commonwealth Care

Network Health Together: A MassHealth Plan - Commonwealth Care
Massachusetts Health Reform

www.network-health.org

www.network-health.org
Massachusetts Health Reform

Neighborhood Health Plan - Commonwealth Care

Neighborhood Health Plan - Commonwealth Care
Massachusetts Health Reform

Fallon Community Health Plan - Commonwealth Care

Fallon Community Health Plan - Commonwealth Care
Massachusetts Health Reform

BMC HealthNet Plan

BMC HealthNet Plan
Massachusetts Health Reform

Massachusetts Health Reform

Massachusetts Health Reform
Eligibility Chart: 2007

Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare

Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare
Massachusetts Health Reform

Business Peaks

Business Peaks
Voodoo Economics

Laffer Curve - Corporate Elite

Laffer Curve - Corporate Elite
Reagonomics: Supply Side

Corporate Elite Propaganda

Corporate Elite Propaganda
Mock Liberal Democratic Socialism Thinking

Real Estate Blues

Real Estate Blues
www.boston.com/bostonglobe/magazine/2008/0316/

PEACE

PEACE
End ALL Wars!

Freedom of Speech

Freedom of Speech
Norman Rockwell's World War II artwork depicting America's values

Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln
A young Abe Lincoln

RACHEL KAPRIELIAN

RACHEL KAPRIELIAN
www.openmass.org/members/show/218 - www.rachelkaprielian.com

Jennifer M. Callahan - Massachusetts State Representative

Jennifer M. Callahan - Massachusetts State Representative
www.openmass.org/members/show/164 - www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2008/05/04/legislator_describes_threat_as_unnerving/

Human Rights for ALL Peoples!

Human Rights for ALL Peoples!
My #1 Political Belief!

Anne Frank

Anne Frank
Amsterdam, Netherlands, Europe

A young woman Hillary supporter

A young woman Hillary supporter
This excellent picture captures a youth's excitement

Hillary Clinton with Natalie Portman

Hillary Clinton with Natalie Portman
My favorite Actress!

Alan Chartock

Alan Chartock
WAMC public radio in Albany, NY; Political columnist who writes about Berkshire County area politics; Strong supporter for Human Rights for ALL Peoples

OpenCongress.Org

OpenCongress.Org
This web-site uses some of my Blog postings

OpenMass.org

OpenMass.org
This web-site uses some of my blog postings!

Shannon O'Brien

Shannon O'Brien
One of my favorite politicians! She stands for the People first!

The Massachusetts State House

The Massachusetts State House
"The Almighty Golden Dome" - www.masslegislature.tv -

Sara Hathaway

Sara Hathaway
Former Mayor of Pittsfield, Massachusetts

Andrea F. Nuciforo, Jr.

Andrea F. Nuciforo, Jr.
A corrupt Pol who tried to put me in Jail

Andrea F. Nuciforo, Jr.

Andrea F. Nuciforo, Jr.
Another view of Pittsfield's inbred, multigenerational political prince. Luciforo!

Luciforo

Luciforo
Nuciforo's nickname

"Andy" Nuciforo

"Andy" Nuciforo
Luciforo!

Carmen C. Massimiano, Jr., Berkshire County Sheriff (Jailer)

Carmen C. Massimiano, Jr., Berkshire County Sheriff (Jailer)
Nuciforo's henchman! Nuciforo tried to send me to Carmen's Jail

Andrea Nuciforo Jr

Andrea Nuciforo Jr
Shhh! Luciforo's other job is working as a private attorney defending wealthy Boston-area corporate insurance companies

Berkshire County Sheriff (Jailer) Carmen C. Massimiano, Jr.

Berkshire County Sheriff (Jailer) Carmen C. Massimiano, Jr.
Nuciforo tried to send me to Carmen's Jail! Carmen sits with the Congressman, John Olver

Congressman John Olver

Congressman John Olver
Nuciforo's envy

The Dome of the U.S. Capitol

The Dome of the U.S. Capitol
Our Beacon of American Democracy

Nuciforo's architect

Nuciforo's architect
Mary O'Brien in red with scarf

Sara Hathaway (www.brynmawr.edu)

Sara Hathaway (www.brynmawr.edu)
Former-Mayor of Pittsfield, Massachusetts; Nuciforo intimidated her, along with another woman, from running in a democratic state election in the Spring of 2006!

Andrea F. Nuciforo II

Andrea F. Nuciforo II
Pittsfield Politics

Berkshire County Republican Association

Berkshire County Republican Association
Go to: www.fcgop.blogspot.com

Denis Guyer

Denis Guyer
Dalton State Representative

John Forbes Kerry & Denis Guyer

John Forbes Kerry & Denis Guyer
U.S. Senator & State Representative

John Kerry

John Kerry
Endorses Barack Obama for Prez then visits Berkshire County

Dan Bosley

Dan Bosley
A Bureaucrat impostering as a Legislator!

Ben Downing

Ben Downing
Berkshire State Senator

Christopher N Speranzo

Christopher N Speranzo
Pittsfield's ANOINTED State Representative

Peter J. Larkin

Peter J. Larkin
Corrupt Lobbyist

GE - Peter Larkin's best friend!

GE - Peter Larkin's best friend!
GE's FRAUDULENT Consent Decree with Pittsfield, Massachusetts, will end up KILLING many innocent school children & other local residents!

GE's CEO Jack Welch

GE's CEO Jack Welch
The Corporate System's Corporate Elite's King

Economics: Where Supply meets Demand

Economics: Where Supply meets Demand
Equilibrium

GE & Pittsfield, Massachusetts

GE & Pittsfield, Massachusetts
In 2007, GE sold its Plastics Division to a Saudi company. Now all that is left over by GE are its toxic PCB pollutants that cause cancer in many Pittsfield residents.

Mayor James M Ruberto

Mayor James M Ruberto
A small-time pol chooses to serve the corporate elite & other elites over the people.

Governor Deval Patrick

Governor Deval Patrick
Deval shakes hands with Mayors in Berkshire County

Deval Patrick

Deval Patrick
Governor of Massachusetts

Pittsfield High School

Pittsfield High School
Pittsfield, Massachusetts

Sara Hathaway

Sara Hathaway
Pittsfield's former Mayor

Rinaldo Del Gallo III

Rinaldo Del Gallo III
Pittsfield Attorney focusing on Father's Rights Probate Court Legal Issues, & Local Politician and Political Observer

Rinaldo Del Gallo III

Rinaldo Del Gallo III
Very Intelligent Political Activists in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Rinaldo Del Gallo, III, Esq. is the spokesperson of the Berkshire Fatherhood Coalition. He has been practicing family law and has been a member of the Massachusetts bar since 1996.

Mayor Ed Reilly

Mayor Ed Reilly
He supports Mayor Ruberto & works as a municipal Attorney. As Mayor, he backed Bill Weld for Governor in 1994, despite being a Democrat. He was joined by Carmen Massimiano & John Barrett III, the long-standing Mayor of North Adams.

Manchester, NH Mayor Frank Guinta

Manchester, NH Mayor Frank Guinta
Cuts Dental Care for Public School Children-in-Need

Manchester, NH City Hall

Manchester, NH City Hall
My new hometown - view from Hanover St. intersection with Elm St.

Manchester NH City Democrats

Manchester NH City Democrats
Go Dems!

2008 Democratic Candidates for U.S. Prez

2008 Democratic Candidates for U.S. Prez
Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Mike Gravel, Dennis Kucinich, John Edwards

NH State House Dome

NH State House Dome
Concord, NH

Donna Walto

Donna Walto
Pittsfield Politician -- She strongly opposes Mayor Jim Ruberto's elitist tenure.

Elmo

Elmo
Who doesn't LOVE Elmo?

Hillary Clinton for U.S. President!

Hillary Clinton for U.S. President!
Hillary is for Children. She is my choice in 2008.

The White House in 1800

The White House in 1800
Home of our Presidents of the United States

John Adams

John Adams
2nd President of the USA

Hillary Clinton stands with John Edwards and Joe Biden

Hillary Clinton stands with John Edwards and Joe Biden
Hillary is my choice for U.S. President!

Bill Clinton

Bill Clinton
Former President Bill Clinton speaks at the Radisson in Manchester NH 11/16/2007

Barack Obama

Barack Obama
U.S. Senator & Candidate for President

Pittsfield's 3 Women City Councillors - 2004

Pittsfield's 3 Women City Councillors - 2004
Linda Tyer, Pam Malumphy, Tricia Farley-Bouvier

Wahconah Park in Pittsfield, Massachusetts

Wahconah Park in Pittsfield, Massachusetts
My friend Brian Merzbach reviews baseball parks around the nation.

The Corporate Elite: Rational Incentives for only the wealthy

The Corporate Elite: Rational Incentives for only the wealthy
The Elites double their $ every 6 to 8 years, while the "have-nots" double their $ every generation (or 24 years). Good bye Middle Class!

George Will

George Will
The human satellite voice for the Corporate Elite

Elizabeth Warren

Elizabeth Warren
The Anti-George Will; Harvard Law School Professor; The Corporate Elite's Worst Nightmare

The Flag of The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

The Flag of The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
I was born and raised in Pittsfield, Massachusetts

State Senator Stan Rosenberg

State Senator Stan Rosenberg
Democratic State Senator from Amherst, Massachusetts -/- Anti-Stan Rosenberg Blog: rosenbergwatch.blogspot.com

Ellen Story

Ellen Story
Amherst Massachusetts' State Representative

Teen Pregnancy in Pittsfield, Mass.

Teen Pregnancy in Pittsfield, Mass.
Books are being written on Pittsfield's high teen pregancy rates! What some intellectuals do NOT understand about the issue is that TEEN PREGNANCIES in Pittsfield double the statewide average by design - Perverse Incentives!

NH Governor John Lynch

NH Governor John Lynch
Supports $30 Scratch Tickets and other forms of regressive taxation. Another Pol that only serves his Corporate Elite Masters instead of the People!

U.S. Congresswoman Carol Shea Porter

U.S. Congresswoman Carol Shea Porter
The first woman whom the People of New Hampshire have voted in to serve in U.S. Congress

U.S. Congressman Paul Hodes

U.S. Congressman Paul Hodes
A good man who wants to bring progressive changes to Capitol Hill!

Paul Hodes for U.S. Congress

Paul Hodes for U.S. Congress
New Hampshire's finest!

Darth Vader

Darth Vader
Star Wars

Dick Cheney & George W. Bush

Dick Cheney & George W. Bush
The Gruesome Two-some! Stop the Neo-Cons' fascism! End the Iraq War NOW!

WAROPOLY

WAROPOLY
The Inequity of Globalism

Bushopoly!

Bushopoly!
The Corporate Elite have redesigned "The System" to enrich themselves at the expense of the people, masses, have-nots, poor & middle-class families

George W. Bush with Karl Rove

George W. Bush with Karl Rove
Rove was a political strategist with extraordinary influence within the Bush II White House

2008's Republican Prez-field

2008's Republican Prez-field
John McCain, Alan Keyes, Rudy Guiliani, Duncan Hunter, Mike Huckabee, WILLARD Mitt Romney, Fred Thompson, Ron Paul

Fall in New England

Fall in New England
Autumn is my favorite season

Picturing America

Picturing America
picturingamerica.neh.gov

Winter Weather Map

Winter Weather Map
3:45PM EST 3-Dec-07

Norman Rockwell Painting

Norman Rockwell Painting
Thanksgiving

Norman Rockwell Painting

Norman Rockwell Painting
Depiction of American Values in mid-20th Century America

Larry Bird #33

Larry Bird #33
My favorite basketball player of my childhood

Boston Celtics Basketball - 2007-2008

Boston Celtics Basketball - 2007-2008
Kevin Garnett hugs James Posey

Paul Pierce

Paul Pierce
All heart! Awesome basketball star for The Boston Celtics.

Tom Brady

Tom Brady
Go Patriots!

Rupert Murdoch

Rupert Murdoch
Owner of Fox News - CORPORATE ELITE!

George Stephanopolous

George Stephanopolous
A Corporate Elite Political News Analyst

Robert Redford

Robert Redford
Starred in the movie "Lions for Lambs"

Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep
Plays a jaded journalist with integrity in the movie "Lions for Lambs"

Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise plays the Neo-Con D.C. Pol purely indoctrinated by the Corporate Elite's political agenda in the Middle East

CHARLIZE THERON

CHARLIZE THERON
"I want to say I've never been surrounded by so many fake breasts, but I went to the Academy Awards."

Amherst Town Library

Amherst Town Library
Amherst, NH - www.amherstlibrary.org

Manchester NH Library

Manchester NH Library
I use the library's automated timed 1-hour-per-day Internet computers to post on my Blog - www.manchester.lib.nh.us

Manchester NH's Palace Theater

Manchester NH's Palace Theater
Manchester NH decided to restore its Palace Theater

Pittsfield's Palace Theater

Pittsfield's Palace Theater
Pittsfield tore down this landmark on North Street in favor of a parking lot

Pleasant Street Theater

Pleasant Street Theater
Amherst, Massachusetts

William "Shitty" Pignatelli

William "Shitty" Pignatelli
A top down & banal State House Pol from Lenox Massachusetts -- A GOOD MAN!

The CIA & Mind Control

The CIA & Mind Control
Did the CIA murder people by proxy assassins?

Skull & Bones

Skull & Bones
Yale's Elite

ImpeachBush.org

ImpeachBush.org
I believe President Bush should be IMPEACHED because he is waging an illegal and immoral war against Iraq!

Bob Feuer drumming for U.S. Congress v John Olver in 2008

Bob Feuer drumming for U.S. Congress v John Olver in 2008
www.blog.bobfeuer.us

Abe Lincoln

Abe Lincoln
The 16th President of the USA

Power

Power
Peace

Global Warming Mock Giant Thermometer

Global Warming Mock Giant Thermometer
A member of Green Peace activist sets up a giant thermometer as a symbol of global warming during their campaign in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, Sunday, Dec. 2, 2007. World leaders launch marathon negotiations Monday on how to fight global warming, which left unchecked could cause devastating sea level rises, send millions further into poverty and lead to the mass extinction of plants and animals.

combat global warming...

combat global warming...
...or risk economic and environmental disaster caused by rising temperatures

www.climatecrisiscoalition.org

www.climatecrisiscoalition.org
P.O. Box 125, South Lee, MA 01260, (413) 243-5665, tstokes@kyotoandbeyond.org, www.kyotoandbeyond.org

3 Democratic presidentional candidates

3 Democratic presidentional candidates
Democratic presidential candidates former senator John Edwards (from right) and Senators Joe Biden and Chris Dodd before the National Public Radio debate yesterday (12/4/2007).

The UN Seal

The UN Seal
An archaic & bureaucratic post WW2 top-down, non-democratic institution that also stands for some good governance values

Superman

Superman
One of my favorite childhood heroes and movies

Web-Site on toxic toys

Web-Site on toxic toys
www.healthytoys.org

Batman

Batman
One of my favorite super-heroes

Deval Patrick & Denis Guyer

Deval Patrick & Denis Guyer
Massachusetts' Governor stands with Dalton's State Rep. Denis E. Guyer.

Bill Cosby & Denis Guyer

Bill Cosby & Denis Guyer
TV Star Bill Cosby stands with Denis E. Guyer

Denis Guyer with his supporters

Denis Guyer with his supporters
Dalton State Representative

Denis Guyer goes to college

Denis Guyer goes to college
Dalton State Representative

Peter Marchetti

Peter Marchetti
He is my second cousin. Pete Marchetti favors MONEY, not fairness!

Matt Barron & Denis Guyer with couple

Matt Barron & Denis Guyer with couple
Matt Barron plays DIRTY politics against his opponents!

Nat Karns

Nat Karns
Top-Down Executive Director of the ELITIST Berkshire Regional Planning Commission

Human Rights for All Peoples & people

Human Rights for All Peoples & people
Stop Anti-Semitism

Massachusetts State Treasurer Tim Cahill

Massachusetts State Treasurer Tim Cahill
State House, Room 227, Boston, MA 02133, 617-367-6900, www.mass.gov/treasury/

Massachusetts State Attorney General Martha Coakley

Massachusetts State Attorney General Martha Coakley
1350 Main Street, Springfield, MA 01103, 413-784-1240 / McCormick Building, One Asburton Place, Boston, MA 02108, 617-727-4765 / marthacoakley.com / www.ago.state.ma.us

Bush v. Gore: December 12, 2007, was the seventh anniversary, the 5-4 Supreme Court decision...

Bush v. Gore: December 12, 2007, was the seventh anniversary, the 5-4 Supreme Court decision...
www.takebackthecourt.org - A political billboard near my downtown apartment in Manchester, NH

Marc Murgo

Marc Murgo
An old friend of mine from Pittsfield

Downtown Manchester, NH

Downtown Manchester, NH
www.newhampshire.com/nh-towns/manchester.aspx

Marisa Tomei

Marisa Tomei
Movie Actress

Massachusetts Coalition for Healthy Communities (MCHC)

Massachusetts Coalition for Healthy Communities (MCHC)
www.masschc.org/issue.php

Mike Firestone & Anna Weisfeiler

Mike Firestone & Anna Weisfeiler
Mike Firestone works in Manchester NH for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign

James Pindell

James Pindell
Covers NH Primary Politcs for The Boston Globe

U.S. History - Declaration

U.S. History - Declaration
A 19th century engraving shows Benjamin Franklin, left, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Philip Livingston and Roger Sherman at work on the Declaration of Independence.

Boston Globe Photos of the Week - www.boston.com/bostonglobe/gallery/

Boston Globe Photos of the Week - www.boston.com/bostonglobe/gallery/
Sybregje Palenstijn (left), who plays Sarah Godbertson at Plimouth Plantation, taught visitors how to roast a turkey on a spit. The plantation often sees a large influx of visitors during the holiday season.

Chris Hodgkins

Chris Hodgkins
Another special interest Berkshire Pol who could not hold his "WATER" on Beacon Hill's State House!

The Big Dig - 15 tons of concrete fell from a tunnel ceiling onto Milena Del Valle's car.

The Big Dig - 15 tons of concrete fell from a tunnel ceiling onto Milena Del Valle's car.
Most of Boston's Big Dig highway remains closed, after a woman was crushed when 15 tons of concrete fell from a tunnel ceiling onto her car. (ABC News)

Jane Swift

Jane Swift
Former Acting Governor of Massachusetts & Berkshire State Senator

Paul Cellucci

Paul Cellucci
Former Massachusetts Governor

William Floyd Weld

William Floyd Weld
$80 Million Trust Fund Former Governor of Massachusetts

Mike Dukakis

Mike Dukakis
Former Governor of Massachusetts

Mary E. Carey

Mary E. Carey
Amherst, Massachusetts, Journalist and Blogger

Caveman

Caveman
www.ongeicocaveman.blogspot.com

Peter G. Arlos

Peter G. Arlos
"The biggest challenge Pittsfield faces is putting its fiscal house in order. The problem is that doing so requires structural changes in local government, many of which I have advocated for years, but which officials do not have the will to implement. Fiscal responsibility requires more than shifting funds from one department to another. Raising taxes and fees and cutting services are not the answer. Structural changes in the way services are delivered and greater productivity are the answer, and without these changes the city's fiscal crisis will not be solved."

James M. Ruberto

James M. Ruberto
"Pittsfield's biggest challenge is to find common ground for a better future. The city is at a crossroads. On one hand, our quality of life is challenged. On the other hand, some important building blocks are in place that could be a strong foundation for our community. Pittsfield needs to unite for the good of its future. The city needs an experienced businessman and a consensus builder who will invite the people to hold him accountable."

Matt Kerwood

Matt Kerwood
Pittsfield's Councilor-At-Large. Go to: extras.berkshireeagle.com/NeBe/profiles/12.htm

Gerald M. Lee

Gerald M. Lee
Pittsfield's City Council Prez. Top-down governance of the first order!

Mary Carey

Mary Carey
Mary with student

Boston Red Sox

Boston Red Sox
Jonathan Papelbon celebrates with Jason Varitek

Free Bernard Baran!

Free Bernard Baran!
www.freebaran.org

Political Intelligence

Political Intelligence
Capitol Hill

Sherwood Guernsey II

Sherwood Guernsey II
Wealthy Williamstown Political Activist & Pittsfield Attorney

Mary Carey 2

Mary Carey 2
California Pol & porn star

Pittsfield's Good Old Boy Network - Political Machine!

Pittsfield's Good Old Boy Network - Political Machine!
Andy "Luciforo" swears in Jimmy Ruberto for the returning Mayor's 3rd term

Berkshire Grown

Berkshire Grown
www.berkshiregrown.org

Rambo

Rambo

The Mount was built in 1902 & was home to Edith Wharton (1862-1937) from 1903 to 1908.

The Mount was built in 1902 & was home to Edith Wharton (1862-1937) from 1903 to 1908.
The Mount, the historic home in Lenox of famed American novelist Edith Wharton, is facing foreclosure.

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