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Letter | JUDGE UNDER SCRUTINY

Hard to have any faith in judicial system

With regard to the ongoing situation of Judge Raymond G. Dougan, the Commission on Judicial Conduct, and the major Boston law firms that commonly represent judges in ethical complaints: The district attorney simply asked that the rule of law and the basic concepts of a functional judicial system be used in Judge Dougan’s court.

It seems clear that Suffolk District Attorney Daniel Conley believed that what went on in this one court with regard to this one judge, if documented beyond any doubt, would result in some action that would allow Conley and others to operate within an accepted judicial framework. When the Commission on Judicial Conduct took no action with regard to the outrageous behavior of this judge, what was denied was the rule of law and any reason whatsoever for any citizen of the Commonwealth to have faith in the court system.

Douglas Smith

Bellingham

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