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December 19, 2013

Report finds lapses by prosecutors before woman's death

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Burke’s legislation creating a voice for victims of crime and their families gave prosecutors in the Remy assault case the ability to consider Martel’s input on their decision.

But the review concluded that prosecutors placed too great an emphasis on Martel’s decision not to come to court to request an extension of an emergency restraining order or to request that conditions be placed on Remy.

Remy, the son of Boston Red Sox broadcaster Jerry Remy, has been charged with killing her the following day.

While the report does not recommend any comprehensive overhaul, it suggested supplemental training, changes to the “intake” forms used by victim advocates to assess the risk to victims, and expansion of supervision and communication at all levels.

Ryan, the Middlesex DA, has already implemented changes in the supervision of district court prosecutors by more senior assistant district attorneys and has testified in support of several pieces of legislation aimed at creating tougher penalties for domestic abusers, giving prosecutors greater access to information about a defendant’s history of being found dangerous and eliminating the ability of lawyers and parties to negotiate private settlements known as “accord and satisfaction” in domestic abuse cases.

Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, via email at jmanganis@salemnews.com or on Twitter @SNJulieManganis.

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