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Boston Globe | Danny McDonald and Andrew Stanton

On a frigid night, volunteers canvas Boston for the annual homeless census

January 31, 2019

At about 10:30 p.m., a group including the mayor, Boston Police Commissioner William Gross, and Suffolk District Attorney Rachael Rollins walked from City Hall to the Downtown Crossing area, checking MBTA stations and store entryways for homeless.

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WBUR | Deborah Becker, Walter Wuthmann, Zoë Mitchell

Special Hour: In Boston, Is This A New Era For Criminal Justice?

January 30, 2019

In this special hour of Radio Boston, we’re looking at the criminal justice system in Boston. A new wave of leadership has washed over Boston, and this is the first time the city’s law enforcement leaders are all people of color: Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins, Boston Police Commissioner William Gross and Suffolk County Sheriff Steven Tompkins.

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WBUR | Shannon Dooling

SJC: Attorneys Cannot Demand Immigration Status Of Trial Witnesses In Most Cases

January 30, 2019

Massachusetts’ highest court affirmed Wednesday the murder conviction of a man whose defense attorneys argued had received an unfair trial because they were unable to question state witnesses about their immigration statuses.

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Boston Globe | Matt Stout

Rachael Rollins confirms film crew is taping a documentary on her for Netflix

January 23, 2019

The film crew, which she said is developing a documentary for the streaming platform Netflix, has been tagging along at forums, public events, and debates since last spring, when Rollins was just one of many seeking the office’s Democratic nomination.

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Associated Press |

Massachusetts’ 1st black woman DA to speak at Roger Williams

January 14, 2019

BRISTOL, R.I. (AP) — Massachusetts’ first woman of color to serve as a district attorney will speak at Roger Williams University to mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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Boston Globe | Jeremy C. Fox

New Suffolk district attorney says she will be ‘smart on crime’

January 14, 2019

Suffolk County’s new top prosecutor sought to reassure residents and police that her approach to criminal justice won’t mean a district attorney’s office that is “soft on crime,” as she spoke Sunday morning on WCVB-TV’s weekly program “OTR: On the Record.”

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WCVB |

Rachael Rollins discusses criminal justice reform

January 13, 2019

The Suffolk County District Attorney explains what she meant when she said some crimes should not be prosecuted.

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WGBH | Phillip Martin

Rachael Rollins Rises to National Stage with Country’s Progressive DA’s

January 9, 2019

When Rachael Rollins was sworn in last week, she broke several barriers. She became the first female district attorney for Suffolk County. She became the first woman of color to become a DA in Massachusetts. And she also became part of a small but growing league of progressive DAs elected across the country who say they will take a new approach to the job.

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Bay State Banner | Trea Lavery

Rollins sworn in as Suffolk district attorney

January 9, 2019

Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins was sworn in last Wednesday afternoon in a ceremony at Roxbury Community College, becoming the first woman of color in the state’s history to hold the position.

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Slate | CARISSA BYRNE HESSICK and F. ANDREW HESSICK

The National Police Association Is Throwing a Fit Over Prosecutorial Discretion

January 4, 2019

Last month, the National Police Association filed a complaint with the Massachusetts bar against incoming Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins. The DA’s purported offense was a promise during the campaign not to prosecute certain crimes—such as being a minor in possession of alcohol or breaking and entering into a vacant property for the purpose of seeking refuge from the cold.

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