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SJC seeks to halt ‘judge shopping’ in OUI cases

Probe finds nearly 100 percent acquittal rates in certain courts

Judges in some Massachusetts courts, particularly in Worcester County, acquit nearly all of the drunken driving defendants who waive their right to a jury trial, according to a year-long study of the court system that recommends curbing “what is popularly referred to as `judge shopping.’’’

The study by a special counsel appointed by the Supreme Judicial Court in the wake of a Globe Spotlight series also recommended better training for judges on how to handle scientific evidence in all criminal cases.

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