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Spotlight: Inside the secret courts

Behind closed doors, justice sometimes takes a back seat to who you are and where you go

Domestic violence victim Leneeth Suazo poses for a portrait at her attorney, Margo Lindauer's office.

Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff

In the darkest corner of Massachusetts’ justice system, criminal charges often disappear without a trace. There are few rules in these private hearings and fewer records. They are a place where who you are — and who you know — may be just as important as right and wrong.

// As younger Catholics drift away, the church considers what works

New generations are less observant than the ones before, a problem made worse for the Catholic Church by new revelations of clergy abuse, specialists say.

US Senator Elizabeth Warren spoke at a town hall meeing in Holyoke on Saturday.

Michael Swensen for The Boston Globe

Warren says she will ‘take a hard look at running for president’

“After Nov. 6 I will take a hard look at running for president,” US Senator Elizabeth Warren said at a town hall meeting in Holyoke on Saturday.


// Brett Kavanaugh’s defiance brings echoes of Trump-style combat

Grudges, grievances, and score-settling animated Kavanaugh’s defense against sexual assault allegations.