Rachael Rollins' priorities are problematic

District Attorney Rachael Rollins has embarked on the crusade many had feared she would when voters elected her in 2018.

Rollins is using her office as a power tool for progressive advocacy and that is playing out this week in her efforts to defend the antifa mob rather than community, law enforcement and the rule of law itself.

As the Herald’s Rick Sobey and Alexi Cohan reported, Rollins is taking anti-Straight Pride Parade protester cases to the Supreme Judicial Court, seeking dismissals that a Boston Municipal Court judge refused to order.

On Tuesday, prosecutors from Rollins’ office requested that charges be dismissed but Judge Richard Sinnott was having none of it. He denied the requests. Wednesday he went further when he declared that a defense attorney was in contempt of court for arguing case law in support of Rollins’ position. She was handcuffed and placed in a cell for hours before being released.

Rollins then appealed to the Supreme Judicial Court, asking them to resolve the issue.

“The actions of Judge Richard Sinnott are unprecedented and outrageous,” Rollins said in a statement announcing the SJC filing. “His insistence on arraigning individuals when my office has used its discretion to decline a case is an unconstitutional abuse of his power and serves neither the interests of justice nor public safety.”

She added that Sinnott “overstepped his authority here, and only an action of our state’s highest court can correct this injustice. My petition is a call for order to be returned to our courts, to ensure the fair administration of justice, and to restore the public’s trust in the integrity of our legal system. The people of Suffolk County elected me to do exactly what I am doing.”

In the petition itself, a portion reads, “The Defendant will now suffer from a criminal record created as a result of the judge’s unconstitutional decision to step out from behind the bench and step into the shoes of the prosecutor.”

Wrong. If found guilty the defendant will suffer from a criminal record because he acted like a criminal.

The antifa mob makes it very clear that they are out to cause trouble and this time was no different.

“We’re covered in black so when we attack these guys we can’t be prosecuted,” said Jon Crowley, an antifa member who told the Herald that he felt violence was the only way to deal with the people marching in the parade, which went from Copley Square to City Hall Plaza. “They are fascists, 100%. How else are you going to get them to shut up?”

Actions have consequences. The willingness of the average antifa thug to go from guerrilla fighter to courtroom victim just proves their cowardice, but the willingness of our district attorney to play defense attorney for them is ridiculous.

Rollins, in theory, works on behalf of the people victimized by these hooligans and has an obligation to protect law enforcement as well. Instead, because of some ideological similarities, she has conscripted herself into their ranks and points her battle implements toward the good guys.

Rachael Rollins must begin to execute the responsibilities of her job based on the rule of law rather than her radical, progressive ideology.


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