In the State
Boston: No new trial for doc in slaying of his wife
A Wellesley doctor convicted of killing his wife after she discovered his secret life of prostitutes and pornography will not get a new trial, the highest court in Massachusetts ruled Thursday.
Lawyers for Dirk Greineder argued he was entitled to a new trial because his constitutional right to confront witnesses against him was violated when a supervisor testified on behalf of the DNA analyst who actually performed testing in the case.
The Supreme Judicial Court found, however, that Greineder's lawyers "had a meaningful opportunity to cross-examine" the supervisor and said Greineder is not entitled to a new trial.
Greineder was a well-known allergist at Brigham & Women's Hospital when he was charged with beating his wife, Mabel, and slashing her throat during an early-morning walk near their home. He was convicted in 2001.
Boston: Markey lands backing of large labor union
One of the state's largest labor unions has endorsed Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful Edward Markey.
The Massachusetts Service Employees International Union says it represents 85,000 workers across the state.
SEIU Massachusetts State Council Chairman Cliff Cohn described Markey as a strong advocate for working families in Massachusetts.
The group hosted a candidates' forum last weekend. Markey and fellow Democratic Senate hopeful Stephen Lynch both spoke at the event.
Both candidates have been working to get the backing of unions after the Massachusetts AFL-CIO opted against choosing between the two, deciding instead not to endorse.
The primary is scheduled for April 30. The special election is June 25.
Boston: Patrick: Exempt from public records law
Massachusetts' public records law seems fairly straightforward, but among those who say they aren't covered by the law is Gov. Deval Patrick.
Throughout his years in office Patrick has followed the lead of past governors, including Mitt Romney, in claiming the governor's office is exempt from the law.
Patrick has pointed to a 1997 Supreme Judicial Court ruling which he and others say essentially releases the Legislature, the judiciary and governor's office from the requirement to make their records public.
The administration says despite the exemption, Patrick makes every effort to respond to public information requests.
But critics say the public shouldn't have to rely on the governor's judgment, but instead should have a right to the documents.
Boston: Ed official cleared of 'serious wrongdoing'
A state review has found no "serious wrongdoing" by former early education commissioner Sherri Killins, who participated in an internship outside of her state job.
But Education Secretary Matt Malone says some administrative procedures apparently were not followed.
Killins stepped down from her post earlier this week amid questions about whether her participation in the school superintendent training program, which required her to spend 300 hours in the town of Ware, was distracting from her ability to perform her nearly $200,000-a-year state job.
Malone's review included an analysis of Killins' schedule and expense reports.
-- The Associated Press
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