Lawyers e-Journal

Thursday, May. 10, 2007
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From left to right, MBA President-elect David W. White Jr. (formerly David White-Lief) shares a moment with Attorney General Martha Coakley and Deputy First Assistant Attorney General Edward R. Bedrosian Jr. following the May 7 Criminal Law Section Council meeting.

Attorney General Coakley’s focus lies with “big picture” solutions

AG Coakley speaks at recent Criminal Law Section meeting

Several months into her newly elected post as Massachusetts Attorney General, Martha Coakley served as one of the guest speakers at Monday's MBA Criminal Law Section Council meeting. Following an introduction by Section Chair Lee Gartenberg, Coakley offered some brief introductory remarks before quickly engaging the council members in a fast-paced exchange.

The discussion centered on relevant issues of high importance and under consideration by the council and the Attorney General's Office alike, including CORI reform, the Governor's newly established Anti-crime Council (on which both Coakley and Gartenberg serve), sentencing reform and the creation of drug courts.

Coakley offered her preference to look at the larger picture associated with these topics and reiterated her interest in creating more "sound, public policy" as part of the solutions addressing each.

"Part of my goal as attorney general is to be more responsive," she said. "We [the Attorney General's Office] should play an important role on building policy."

Throughout the discussion, Council member and Middlesex County Juvenile Court Associate Justice Jay Blitzman offered his viewpoint from the bench on how the courts process young offenders. Coakley explained that the state often spends a lot of money processing criminals of all ages in a way "isn't helpful." Coakley further explained that she is interested in working toward "concrete solutions for urban and suburban communities" that will positively affect youth, in particular.

Coakley was joined by Edward R. Bedrosian Jr., the deputy first assistant attorney general. Both were open to the wealth of input provided by the council.

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