May 19, 2006

Walsh makes it official

Herald News

Gregg M. Miliote, Herald News Staff 05/19/2006

NEW BEDFORD -- Vowing to continue to fight for crime victims and deal "head-on" with challenges like gangs, illegal guns and child exploitation, District Attorney Paul F. Walsh Jr. announced his candidacy for re-election Thursday. ...

The 16-year incumbent made it official to seek another four-year term at his Ashley Boulevard campaign headquarters, which was filled with supporters and a handful of unhappy relatives of victims of violence who interrupted him with shouting.

Pointing to some of his accomplishments, the district attorney mentioned the cases of James Porter, the first priest convicted and sent to prison in the Roman Catholic Church’s child abuse scandal; James Kater, the longest-running murder case in the state’s history; the bizarre religious cult cases out of the Attleboro area that ended in criminal convictions, including that of Jacques Robidoux; and the successful prosecution of Raymond Cook, who murdered Fall River Police Officer Thomas Giunta.

Porter died in prison. Kater, Robidoux and Cook are spending life in prison.

Posted by kshaw at May 19, 2006 08:27 AM