Drug Court: A Different Kind Of Second Chance
Arrested for larceny in 2010, Sheehan was offered an alternative to prison time. Called drug court, it’s a strict 18-month rehabilitation program that would require living in a halfway house with a curfew, as well as submitting to regular drug testing and counseling, and appearing weekly before Quincy District Court Judge Diane Moriarty. Story includes extra audio.
Quincy District Court was always meant to be a test-bed to discover new ways to cover the court system, and we’re taking steps towards the next phase of expansion.
A few weeks ago we asked our regular viewers to tell us why they tuned in to watch OpenCourt, what they learned from watching and what we could do in the future. Here’s what we heard from them.
I was listening to court proceedings in Judge Diane Moriarty’s case one day in late October, when out of the murk of the fairly routine business of the court, a lawyer actually cited the name of a case in his argument: Padilla vs. Commonwealth of Kentucky.
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On Thursday, December 1, five men were arrested in Weymouth on a drug sting at a convenience store parking lot. One, Joshua Desmond, was charged with selling heroin, and the other four of buying.
When we heard during Donald Rudolph’s November 14 arraignment on triple murder charges that the teenager had been to the court several times in the past few months, we went into our archives to see if we could find any of the cases.
This morning 18-year old Donald Rudolph was arraigned in Quincy District Court, accused of murdering his mother Paula, 50, sister Caylin, 24, and his mother’s boyfriend, Frederick Medina, 52, in Weymouth, Mass. last Thursday.
While the livestream of Quincy District Court is the cornerstone of our project to open the court through digital technology, we’re in the process of expanding. One of our hopes is that the project be used as a resource for high school civics classes.
Tomorrow morning the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) will hear two cases involving OpenCourt and the First Amendment press rights of a news organization to report information that was gathered legally in an open courtroom.