Boston Court Probed; Lawmakers May Boost Its Power

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The Supreme Judicial Court in Massachusetts is investigating allegations of wrongdoing by top officials at Boston Municipal Court, including charges that officials ignored complaints of sexual harassment, the Boston Globe reports.

The investigation comes as legislators are poised to give the Municipal Court jurisdiction over seven other Boston courts over the objection of Governor Mitt Romney, who wanted the autonomous, politically connected Municipal Court dismantled.

The case was triggered by a court employee who alleges that an official discounted her complaint when she told him that a co-worker had molested her. The co-worker is scheduled to go on trial this month on indecent assault and battery charges stemming from the alleged assault. The woman maintains that the official not only failed to act when she told him the co-worker grabbed her breasts, but that the official screamed at her, causing her to break down in tears.

Link: http://www.boston.com/dailyglobe2/189/metro/SJC_opens_inquiry_into_Municipal_Court+.shtml

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