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Thursday, Oct. 4, 2007
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John Henning, former WBZ senior political correspondent and reporter (1981-2007), will be moderating the Oct. 23 discussion about criminal sentencing. Photo courtesy of WBZ.

MBA to host Sentencing Symposium on Oct. 23

Panelists include former Mass. Attorney General Scott Harshbarger and Chief Justice for Administration and Management Robert Mulligan

The MBA will host a Sentencing Symposium at the State House Oct. 23 at 10 a.m. that will feature panel discussions about reforming the current sentencing system with representatives from all branches of government.


“There’s no question that criminal sentencing in Massachusetts is not working. People who are incarcerated are not getting rehabilitated at all,” said MBA President David W. White Jr., who will offer welcoming remarks at the start of the symposium before opening up the two panels. “We’re talking about changes that would increase treatment, education and training, increase opportunities for parole.”


Moderating the discussion will be former WBZ-TV senior correspondent and veteran reporter John Henning, who has been a radio and television reporter and commentator in Boston for more than 40 years. Panelists include:

  • Scott Harshbarger, former Massachusetts Attorney General and Middlesex County District Attorney. He is currently senior counsel in the Boston office of Proskauer Rose LLP where he concentrates on strategic counsel and litigation, corporate investigations and defense, corporate and nonprofit governance and government regulation. Harshbarger is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School.
  • Gene O’Flaherty, state rep. (D-Chelsea), House chairman of Joint Committee on the Judiciary, chairman of the Special Commission on Judicial Management, chairman of the Immigrant’s Caucus and vice-chairman of the Airport Caucus. Practicing lawyer with O’Donovan & Lyons in Somerville. He is a graduate of Suffolk University and Massachusetts School of Law.
  • Mary Price, vice president and general counsel, Families Against Mandatory Minimums. She is a member of the American Bar Association’s Corrections and Sentencing Committee and serves on the Practitioners’ Advisory Group to the United States Sentencing Commission. Price is a graduate of the University of Oregon and Georgetown University Law Center.
  • Robert Mulligan, Chief Justice for Administration and Management, former Chief Justice and justice of Superior Court, former justice of Boston Municipal Court. He is a former assistant U.S. attorney, assistant attorney general and attorney in private practice. The U.S. Army veteran is a graduate of Holy Cross College and Suffolk University Law School.



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