Skip to comments.Chappaquiddick prosecutor dies in Mass. at 85
Posted on 03/16/2010 10:05:39 AM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
DARTMOUTH, Mass. (AP) -- Edmund Dinis (duh-NEEZ'), the former district attorney who oversaw the investigation into the late Sen. Edward Kennedy's involvement in the Chappaquiddick case, has died at age 85.
Henry Arruda, general manager of the radio station Dinis owned, says the former prosecutor died Sunday at an assisted-living center in Dartmouth, Mass.
Dinis was voted out of office in 1970, the year after Kennedy's car went off a Martha's Vineyard bridge into a pond with campaign worker Mary Jo Kopechne inside.
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What investigation? Kennedy got a free pass for murder.
Nice memorial though.
Another guy that’s got something to answer for.
The article says, “Some thought Dinis was too hard on Kennedy,”
Too hard on him? For crying out loud! The people who thought that are delusional.
Maybe Teddy can show him around his new digs
The creep should have been sent to jail rather than to the US Senate.
Teddy Kennedy, Fat_Dimbulb-Hell.
Nice headstone they gave him.
“Some thought Dinis was too hard on Kennedy while others thought he let the senator escape punishment.”
I have to imagine Dinis was in one of the most unenviable positions any prosecutor could imagine. Prosecuting a Kennedy in Massachusetts was not only political suicide, but pursuing anything more than a slap on the wrist probably would have meant taking on the Kennedy political machine and likely a good portion of the state’s own justice system (police, judges, peers in the DA’s office).
That’s not to say Dinis was averse to letting Teddy off the hook. I have no idea what his motivations were. He may well have been as much a fanboy as the judge who gave Kennedy the absolute minimum sentence possible under the plea deal. I’m just doubtful that even the hardest charging prosecutor could have gotten much more.
He hasn’t been this sober his whole life!
Chappaquiddick non-prosecutor would be more appropriate.
Wow, that's a pretty harsh statement given it's the AP. Or did they realize "Kennedy swam for help" would strain credulity past the breaking point?
The real question is what did the ex-prosecutor do once turned out of office? That's where a real scandal could lie. Oh, for a letter tucked in a safe deposit box or with a lawyer somewhere.
How much global warming has JFK’s eternal flame caused?
Why is it still burning, surely all good liberals would demand that this pointless CO2 pollution source should be extinguished.
A nice leftist touch by the writer, don’t you think?
“Kennedy continued to train for the 1972 Olympic Synchronized Swimming team, unaware that his coach was drowning nearby.”
You'll still see a journalist who writes that Jackie Kennedy was "going for help" when she tried climbing out of the limousine after JFK and Gov. Connolly were hit.
Lenny Bruce called it right, she was getting the hell out of there...
I heard that Satan was in Hell and saw an portly man who was beat red, shoveling coal into the fires of hell. Sweat pouring from his brow, blisters on his hands.
But the Devil didn’t think he was suffering enough so he said, “Hey Ted! I hear a Republican won your seat!!!”
” Yes this is Ed.”
” A car went into the bay with a gal inside?’
” And the car was driven by Teddy who?”
” Pahdon me whilst I go clean my pants”
There... fixed it
“The creep should have been sent to jail rather than to the US Senate.”
What’s the difference?
The same type of amoral low-lifes slither through both places.
Actually Jackie was picking up part of his brain...
Don’t try to think of a rational explanation- there is none. Probably just in the shock of the moment it must have seemed like something that needed to be done.
Secret Service had to motion her back into the car.
Life Magazine said she was "going for help".
Since it was Kennedy who bought this man’s soul, just think of the things he can now do for Teddy in Hell. Kind of warms your heart.
The interview at the Pearly Gates should be interesting.
Your analysis of Joe Kennedy’s methods is correct; however, by the time Chappaquiddick occured he was paralyzed from a stroke. I don’t think he was pulling strings much anymore. If he was, he was fooling a lot of people about his condition.
I should have added, of course there were plenty of other influential people in that family to do it for him.
Who,other than Jackie,can say for sure what she was thinking at that moment.And if,by chance,she *wasn't* "going for help" I sure ain't gonna criticize her...not under *those* circumstances.
Mrs. Kennedy: You know, then, there were pictures later on of me climbing out the back. But I don’t remember that at all.
Mr. Rankin: Do you remember Mr. Hill coming to try to help on the car?
Mrs. Kennedy: I don’t remember anything.
Think back to Johnny's inability to get that juicy part from that film producer.Did Vito Corleon go to Hollywood himself.No...he sent an underling.And,unlike that producer,I'll wager that the prosecutor knew from the start exactly who Old Man Kennedy's underlings were with.
As a side note...there's a radio talk host here in Boston who knows Massachusetts politics cold and has for years.His show starts at 3PM (Eastern).I'll bet that he talks,at length,about this because the Kennedy family is his real specialty.If you're interested it www.wrko.com.They stream their programs live.
Dinis did not push for an autopsy; we will never know what the results would have been. For that alone, Dinis was certainly guilt of deriliction of duty.
That said, RIP Mr. Dinis
>Whats the difference?
It's in the amenities.
*MA ping* RIP.
Didn’t do his job.
And he was voted out in 1970 because what little he did do pissed off Kennedy lovers?
Radio stations aren't cheap and prosecutors don't make much money, I wonder how Dinis made enough money to buy one.
When I was a senior in high school I wrote a paper on Chappaquiddick. This was back in the pre-internet days, but I remember going to the library and copying all of the Time, Newsweek, NYT, Washington Post and Boston Globe on it. There were plenty of quotes from people who had lived there forever saying that "it wasn't summer until Ted was seen driving drunk" and that even drunk there was no possibility of Kennedy making a wrong turn, there was NOTHING down the road but the abandoned bridge.
When people look at Chappaquiddick today they immediately conclude that he got off because of family connections and especially the assassinations of his brothers. All of this is certainly true, but there is one other HUGE factor that is often overlooked (especially by people born later):
Apollo 11 launched on July 16, 1969. Kennedy drowned Kopechne on July 19, 1969. Armstrong and Aldrin walked on the Moon on July 20, 1969. Apollo 11 splashed down on July 241 1969. Throughout entire Apollo 11 mission the news was talking about how it was a fulfillment of JFK's promise to go to the Moon before the end of the decade.
In short, Chappaquiddick was initially "lost" in the wake of the biggest non-tragic news event in media history.