Massachusetts taxpayers paying for judge's legal bills, guess where firm's political donations go
BOSTON -- Indicted Newton District Court Judge Shelley Richmond Joseph is currently enjoying a nice perk courtesy of hard-working Massachusetts taxpayers: legal representation from a tony Back Bay law firm.
This, despite facing federal charges for allegedly aiding and abetting the escape of a twice-deported illegal immigrant from her courthouse.
The Boston Herald reported that the law firm representing Judge Joseph has so far netted more than $127,000 in taxpayer dollars to defend her. The Trial Court had earlier suspended Judge Joseph without pay for her alleged actions. Another high-priced attorney, Foley Hoag LLP partner Michael Keating, is currently appealing to the Supreme Judicial Court to get Judge Joseph’s $181,000 salary restored.
Meanwhile, partners at LibbyHoopes P.C., earning public money by representing Judge Joseph, have doled out more than $69,000 since 2002 in campaign donations almost exclusively to Democratic prosecutors.
A partial breakdown:
- Middlesex County District Attorney Marian T. Ryan received $5,750 between 2013 and 2019.
- Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins received $1,100 between 2018 and 2019.
- Attorney General Maura Healey received $2,275 between 2013 and 2016.
- Former gubernatorial candidate and Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley received $16,475 between 2005 and 2014.
Federal prosecutors charged Judge Joseph in April with obstruction of justice and perjury. The man in her courtroom had been facing drug-related charges. Immigration and customs enforcement authorities were present inside the courthouse and had been assigned to detain him.
Judge Joseph’s attorney, Thomas M. Hoopes, called the prosecution “absolutely political.”
State Republican Party Chairman Jim Lyons, however, wants Massachusetts families to know their tax dollars are being funneled into the coffers of an elite, politically-connected Democrat law firm.
“What’s political is a boutique law firm donating exclusively to far-left Democratic candidates,” said Lyons. “DAs Ryan and Rollins sued to keep ICE officials from doing their jobs inside Massachusetts courthouses, while AG Healey has said the prosecution of a judge for protecting criminal illegal aliens is a ‘politically-motivated attack.’”
“The Democrats want to make life easier for criminals, and they’re sticking Massachusetts taxpayers with the bill and leaving law-abiding residents to deal with the dangerous consequences.”
Massachusetts Democrats remain silent on Ocasio-Cortez's false "concentration camps" rhetoric
The Massachusetts Republican Jewish Committee condemns in the strongest possible terms recent public comments made by Democratic New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who falsely and maliciously accused our government of maintaining "concentration camps," in reference to the border processing centers set up to accommodate crowds of illegal aliens crossing our southern border.
In case you missed it, Representative Ocasio-Cortez declared in a recent video, "the United States is running concentration camps on our southern border."
That Ocasio-Cortez could so twist the very definition of a concentration camp is abhorrent, and trivializes the plight of the tens of millions of innocent victims who suffered and died in communist, fascist, and Nazi concentration camps.
The fact she co-opted the historic Holocaust euphemism, "Never Again," in calling attention to United States policy is egregious enough to call into question her moral fitness to continue serving in Congress.
The term "concentration camps" has become synonymous with "death camps" and "extermination camps," referring to those set up by Nazis in order to carry out the genocide of the Jewish people during the Holocaust.
It is a moral imperative that the House Democratic leadership take immediate steps to censure Representative Ocasio-Cortez.
Sadly, when asked directly about Ocasio-Cortez's rhetoric, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi refused to condemn the New York representative's actions.
"These members of Congress represent their districts and their point of view," Pelosi told reporters earlier this week. "And they take responsibility for the statements that they make."
It is disheartening to see that our all-Democratic Massachusetts Congressional appears to remain obtuse on this issue as well.
We call upon our Massachusetts Democrats representing us in Congress to publicly and adamantly condemn Representative Ocasio-Cortez.
Further silence by our delegation can only be viewed as an assent to her ignorant and shameful comments.
Marty Lamb and Tom Mountain
Vice chairmen, Massachusetts Republican Jewish Committee
Democrats scheming to alter Massachusetts Constitution in bid to raise taxes
BOSTON -- Massachusetts Republican Party Chairman Jim Lyons is sounding the alarm on the Democrats’ newest scheme to unleash a graduated income tax system on the commonwealth, a proposal voters have previously rejected and the high court ruled was unconstitutional.
On Wednesday, Democrats are slated to advance the surtax proposal, a process that requires amending the Massachusetts Constitution.
Supporters of the measure claim it’s restricted to forcing the wealthy -- who already pay the most in taxes -- to fork over “their fair share.”
A closer look reveals Democrats want more. Three Democrats -- Wellesley state Rep. Alice Peisch, Gloucester state Rep. Ann-Margaret Ferrante, and North Andover state Sen. Barry Finegold -- want to dump the state’s constitutionally-protected flat tax system altogether.
Their amendment would abolish the “uniform rate,” meaning the Democrats would then be free to raise taxes on everyone.
“The same party that voted to give themselves a huge pay raise wants more of your money,” Lyons said. “This is a blatant cash grab masquerading as class warfare.”
A constitutional amendment is needed because the Massachusetts Constitution forbids a graduated tax system. Democrats say they want to earmark revenue generated by the new tax for transportation and education projects.
“We need to address spending first,” Lyons said. “For example, it costs Massachusetts seven times more than it does New Hampshire to build the same mile of roadway."
The Democrats need yes votes from at least half of the state Legislature in successive sessions in order for the proposal to land on the November 2022 ballot. This week’s vote marks the first step. Another constitutional convention vote during the 2021-2022 legislative session will determine whether the proposal goes before voters.
“The tax is simply a bad idea,” Lyons said. “Massachusetts doesn’t have a revenue problem.
“It has a spending problem.”
On Yom HaShoah, we thank President Trump
The Massachusetts Republican Jewish Committee and the Massachusetts Republican Party wish to thank President Trump for sending the first-ever United States delegation to the March of the Living in Poland, a day that coincides with Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Day.
The March of the Living is a procession from the infamous gate of the Auschwitz concentration camp to the entrance of the Birkenau death camp, three kilometers away. The march includes Holocaust survivors and their families, as well as youth groups, civil society organizations, and government officials.
The march takes place on Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, which began at sundown last night and concludes at sundown tonight.
At today’s march, Jewish Agency Chairman Isaac Herzog warned that “Jews are once again unsafe on the streets of Europe,” according to the Times of Israel, which also reported that a crowd of more than 10,000 participated in the march.
“Jews cannot be murdered in Pittsburgh and San Diego or anywhere,” Herzog added. “Let us heed the warning and take to heart the lessons of the Holocaust.
“World leaders must unite with zero tolerance for hate crimes, of any kind.”
Each year thousands of participants march from Auschwitz to Birkenau, the largest Nazi concentration camp complex built during World War II. The March of the Living, in contrast to the death marches of the Jews during the Holocaust, serves to illustrate the continued existence of the Jewish people despite Nazi attempts at their obliteration.
“As Anti-Semitism is on the rise, we are proud to see the Trump Administration stand shoulder-to-shoulder in support of the Jewish people,” said Marty Lamb, vice chairman of the Massachusetts Republican Jewish Committee.
The United States delegation, led by U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, also included U.S. Ambassador to Poland Georgette Mosbacher; U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell; U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See Callista Gingrich; U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland and Lichtenstein Ed McMullen; U.S. Ambassador to Spain Duke Buchan; Special Envoy for Monitoring and Combating Antisemitism Elan Carr; and Chairman of the Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad Paul Packer.
Massachusetts Republican State Committee unanimously condemns the Infanticide Act
NEWTON -- The Massachusetts Republican State Committee on Tuesday voted unanimously to condemn radical legislation that seeks to expand the abortion industry’s presence in the commonwealth, and remove any moral or legal obligation to save the lives of babies born alive.
The proposal being pushed by the Radical Democrats and their financial backers such as the Planned Parenthood Action Fund would strip medical care rights from those born alive following failed late-term abortions, eliminating current law that requires physicians “take reasonable steps to preserve the life and health of the aborted child.”
The bill effectively strips lifesaving rights away from the feeblest and most vulnerable among us.
The Radical Democrats’ proposal also calls for removing current law requiring parental consent for minors, or those between the ages of 12 and 17, who may be considering abortion.
The committee voted unanimously to condemn the Infanticide Act.
The Infanticide Act: Just the facts
● H. 3320, and its companion, S. 1209, would eliminate current laws requiring that physicians “take reasonable steps to preserve the life and health of the aborted child” -- the following language in the current law would be eliminated entirely:
● Both bills would repeal state laws requiring that lifesaving equipment be present in the same room where failed abortions are conducted.
● These bills would allow for abortions after a 24-week period, citing that “medical judgment may be exercised in the light of all factors -- physical, emotional, psychological, familial, and the person’s age -- relative to the well-being of the patient.”
● Children born after the 24-week mark, according to the New England Journal of Medicine, if provided with medical treatment, have a survival rate of more than 50 percent -- a number that jumps up to 72 percent at 25 weeks.
● The pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute, named after former Planned Parenthood president and eugenics supporter Dr. Allan Frank Guttmacher, have acknowledged “that most women seeking later terminations are not doing so for reasons of fetal anomaly or life endangerment.”
● These bills repeal parental consent requirements for minors between the ages of 12 and 17 who are considering having an abortion.
● These bills would end the requirement that abortions after 24 weeks of pregnancy be performed in hospitals.
MassGOP Statement on the Mueller Report
"I'm done talking about the Mueller report. The Democrats can talk all they want. The bottom line is that there was no collusion with Russia. The only presidential campaign we know to have colluded with foreign operatives is the same one Americans rejected in 2016. It's over. It's time to focus on more important issues affecting Americans, like solving our crisis at the border and making sure socialism has no place in this country."
-- Massachusetts Republican Party Chairman Jim Lyons