Hugh Dunn is scheduled to appear in court again on Thursday for a status session. His bench trial was previously set for March 22, but was delayed.
Editor’s note: CommonWealth Magazine wrote about The Light’s efforts to report on the criminal case and employment status of former SouthCoast Health President and CEO Keith A. Hovan. We are republishing their story in today’s New Bedford Light, with permission from CommonWealth Magazine.
“The only way we can make sure that these hearings are operating in a fair and just way is if the public is able to oversee them in a way where the court is accountable for the decisions it makes.” — Justin Silverman, executive director of the New England First Amendment Coalition.
“I spent months reviewing these cases, including the circumstances of the two terrible crimes and the actions of the two men since. I believe both men have taken responsibility for their actions and have paid their debt …” — Gov. Charlie Baker
“…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.”
About a dozen speakers testified in favor the commutation bid, including Bristol District Attorney Thomas Quinn and Conan Harris, a formerly incarcerated man who today is married to Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley.
“People have a right to know how our government is operating, particularly within the judicial system.”
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.
Dunn faces charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, leaving the scene of property damage and operating a motor vehicle negligently, following a downtown car crash.