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
State officials have agreed as many as 40,000 defendants are entitled to be reimbursed after their convictions were vacated, the bulk in 2017 and 2018, by the Supreme Judicial Court due to rampant misconduct at two state labs that tested evidence for their cases.
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.”