Jared Remy of Boston was the “king of second chances,” says the Boston Globe. A review of hundreds of pages of court files and police records showed that he terrorized five different girlfriends starting when he was 17, and courts repeatedly let him off with little more than probation and his promise to stay out of trouble. He rarely did. Now 35, Remy has been arrested or brought to court in 20 different criminal cases, mostly for charges of violence against, or intimidation of, women, including his pending case for allegedly murdering his girlfriend, Jennifer Martel, last August.
Remy has been found guilty just twice. Both times his lawyer persuaded a judge to let him walk with a suspended sentence, defying prosecutors. Often he benefited from victims who did not want to testify, whether from fear or forgiveness, leading prosecutors to drop the case. Even when cases seemed airtight, judges rewarded Remy with a nearly free pass — temporary probation without the stain of a guilty finding. Most offenders are lucky to get two such reprieves. He got six. On more than 10 occasions while already serving probation or waiting for an earlier case to be resolved, Remy was arrested again on new charges or otherwise ran afoul of the law — a pattern of incorrigibility that would ordinarily get a person locked up. He continued to walk, with judges extending his probation or finding creative solutions to help him avoid jail.