As the law is written in Massachusetts, General Law 209A relates to physical violence. Somewhere along the way, however, judges, attornies and police officers started to enforce the law as if any contact, no matter how slight or unintentional, were the same as slashing a woman's throat.
My own case was finally dropped after Barnstable County District Attorney Michael O'Keefe had ignored the judges announcement that he would probably find me "Not Guilty." His minions continued until we were nearly ready to impanel a jury, even though the only offense involved was the sending of emails that could not be deemed threatening in any way.
O'Keefe definitely takes no prisoners. Fortunately, his office was firing blanks.
Still, the cost to the Commonwealth of this fiasco, which I estimate to be at least $50,000, can never be recovered. Too bad he didn't use the money to go after real criminals instead of going after fathers who just want to be part of their children's lives.
Why does Michael O'Keefe go after emails in the same way he goes after murder? Isn't it time we had a DA who understand the difference between jaywalking and mass murder?
I sure think it is. That's why I urge you to write in the name of my attorney, James P. Dillon, Jr. for the office of District Attorney on election day. I met Dillon the day that O'Keefe had me brought in chains and shackels into the Barnstable Court. I listened to him talk with other prisoners. The man listens. He knows the difference between murder and mischief.