“…the Board of Trustees has determined it is in the best interest of Southcoast Health for Keith Hovan not to return as the President and CEO,” stated an email to staff, signed by the Board of Trustees. “We thank Mr. Hovan for his past service.”
People who live here would want to know why Keith Hovan has chosen to accumulate all these guns and ammunition in a town that is more and more like a suburb than a rural community.
A justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court on Friday denied The New Bedford Light’s petition to open the show cause hearing for Southcoast Health CEO Keith A. Hovan on a potential felony charge for illegal firearm magazines.
The purpose of the show cause hearing is to determine whether the Rochester Police Department has probable cause to charge Hovan with the felony offense.
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The Light filed a motion with the SJC on Friday to pause proceedings until a decision is reached on The Light’s appeal to open the show cause hearing to the public.
“The issue involved in the show cause hearing has no connection to his position as CEO of Southcoast Health nor to the reason he was charged with assault and battery. The issue is a separate personal matter,” wrote Wareham Clerk Magistrate Daryl G. Manchester.
“There are many reasons why a victim cannot testify or says they choose not to. And I would pause before jumping to quick judgments about that person or their motivation.” – Margo Lindauer, director of Northeastern University’s Domestic Violence Institute
Hovan’s wife was present with her own attorney and invoked her spousal privilege in declining to testify as a witness against Hovan. As a result, the commonwealth could not prosecute the case, the judge said.
Hovan and his wife reportedly told officers in 2011 they had a “verbal argument” prior to police arrival. Both declined an abuse prevention order, formally called a 209A.