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Judge’s opinions gave DA plenty of cause to raise a complaint

RE “Judging the judges: Protect independence” (Op-ed, Dec. 15): Suffolk District Attorney Daniel Conley raised his complaint after noting a consistent pattern in Judge Raymond Dougan’s opinions that seemed to flout both the law and common sense. This was supported by a Globe review that found that Dougan’s opinions were reversed or modified on appeal more than those of any other Municipal Court judge. Circumstantial evidence is still worth noting, and there seems to have been an adequate supply here — enough to warrant Conley’s complaint. Smoke and fire frequently co-exist, even in the majesty of our courts.

Jack Osgood