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Chappaquiddick prosecutor dies in Mass. at 85
Associated Press ^ | March 16, 2010

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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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: chappaquiddick; coverup; cultureofcorruption; democratscandals; donutwatch; edmunddinis; gotawaywithit; kennedyscandals; maryjo; murder; tedkennedy

1 posted on 03/16/2010 10:05:40 AM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY

What investigation? Kennedy got a free pass for murder.

Nice memorial though.


2 posted on 03/16/2010 10:09:34 AM PDT by Frantzie (TV - sending Americans towards Islamic serfdom - Cancel TV service NOW)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Some thought Dinis was too hard on Kennedy

Puh-leeze...

3 posted on 03/16/2010 10:10:52 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Another guy that’s got something to answer for.


4 posted on 03/16/2010 10:10:58 AM PDT by SJSAMPLE
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To: Free ThinkerNY

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.


5 posted on 03/16/2010 10:11:22 AM PDT by Old Grumpy
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Oh wow.


6 posted on 03/16/2010 10:12:45 AM PDT by happinesswithoutpeace (1.416785(71) x 10^32)
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To: happinesswithoutpeace

Maybe Teddy can show him around his new digs


7 posted on 03/16/2010 10:20:14 AM PDT by gthog61
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I agree

The creep should have been sent to jail rather than to the US Senate.

Teddy Kennedy, Fat_Dimbulb-Hell.

BTW

Nice headstone they gave him.


8 posted on 03/16/2010 10:25:16 AM PDT by DontTreadOnMe2009 (So stop treading on me already!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
One can only speculate about which carrots and/or sticks Old Man Kennedy used on the prosecutor to get him to look the other way.For many years,including in ‘69,the Massachusetts judicial/executive/legislative/administrative
apparatus was a wholly owned subsidiary of the Kennedys so the poopstorm would have come from every conceivable direction and I'm sure that that was explained...in detail...to that prosecutor.
9 posted on 03/16/2010 10:25:44 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Host The Beer Summit-->Win The Nobel Peace Prize!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

“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.


10 posted on 03/16/2010 10:26:06 AM PDT by DemforBush (Somebody wake me when sanity has returned to the nation.)
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To: gthog61

He hasn’t been this sober his whole life!


11 posted on 03/16/2010 10:29:37 AM PDT by cameraeye (A happy kafar!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Chappaquiddick prosecutor dies in Mass. at 85dies in Mass. at 85

Chappaquiddick non-prosecutor would be more appropriate.

12 posted on 03/16/2010 10:32:00 AM PDT by RJL
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To: Free ThinkerNY
"Kennedy swam to safety, leaving Kopechne in the car."

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.

13 posted on 03/16/2010 10:33:38 AM PDT by NonValueAdded ("Shut it down" Rush Limbaugh, 3/3/10)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

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.


14 posted on 03/16/2010 10:34:25 AM PDT by RJL
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To: Izzy Dunne

A nice leftist touch by the writer, don’t you think?


15 posted on 03/16/2010 10:35:54 AM PDT by MBB1984
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To: NonValueAdded

“Kennedy continued to train for the 1972 Olympic Synchronized Swimming team, unaware that his coach was drowning nearby.”


16 posted on 03/16/2010 10:39:05 AM PDT by Rastus
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To: Frantzie; Revolting cat!
Sign in the parking lot at the Ted Kennedy Memorial:


17 posted on 03/16/2010 10:39:51 AM PDT by a fool in paradise
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To: NonValueAdded
Or did they realize "Kennedy swam for help" would strain credulity past the breaking point?

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...

18 posted on 03/16/2010 10:42:32 AM PDT by a fool in paradise
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To: gthog61

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!!!”


19 posted on 03/16/2010 10:44:28 AM PDT by a fool in paradise
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To: Frantzie

” 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”


20 posted on 03/16/2010 10:45:48 AM PDT by Cyman
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To: Izzy Dunne
"Some Kennedy thought Dinis was too hard on Kennedy"

There... fixed it

21 posted on 03/16/2010 10:46:23 AM PDT by Mr. K (This administration IS WEARING OUT MY CAPSLOCK KEY!)
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To: DontTreadOnMe2009

“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.


22 posted on 03/16/2010 10:46:57 AM PDT by EyeGuy
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To: a fool in paradise

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.


23 posted on 03/16/2010 10:50:02 AM PDT by Mr. K (This administration IS WEARING OUT MY CAPSLOCK KEY!)
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To: Mr. K
She was climbing out of the car.

Secret Service had to motion her back into the car.

Life Magazine said she was "going for help".

24 posted on 03/16/2010 10:56:12 AM PDT by a fool in paradise
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To: Frantzie

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.


25 posted on 03/16/2010 11:00:13 AM PDT by Steamburg (The contents of your wallet is the only language Politicians understand.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
This is going to be an interesting day in Eternity.

Catholics accept purgation and also acknowledge that only God knows who gets purged and who gets expunged. But we humans are encouraged to be "fruit inspectors" even if we can't judge the "heart and mind" of others.


26 posted on 03/16/2010 11:03:42 AM PDT by HighlyOpinionated (SPEAK UP REPUBLICANS, WE CAN'T HEAR YOU YET! IMPEACH OBAMA!)
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To: HighlyOpinionated

The interview at the Pearly Gates should be interesting.


27 posted on 03/16/2010 11:09:13 AM PDT by Ciexyz
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To: Gay State Conservative

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.


28 posted on 03/16/2010 11:24:15 AM PDT by Solidstatechemist (SolidStateChemist)
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To: Solidstatechemist

I should have added, of course there were plenty of other influential people in that family to do it for him.


29 posted on 03/16/2010 11:25:44 AM PDT by Solidstatechemist (SolidStateChemist)
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To: a fool in paradise
She was climbing out of the car.Secret Service had to motion her back into the car.Life Magazine said she was "going for help".

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.

30 posted on 03/16/2010 11:50:08 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Host The Beer Summit-->Win The Nobel Peace Prize!)
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To: Gay State Conservative

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.


31 posted on 03/16/2010 11:54:13 AM PDT by a fool in paradise
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To: Solidstatechemist
...by the time Chappaquiddick occured he was paralyzed from a stroke. I don’t think he was pulling strings much anymore.

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.

32 posted on 03/16/2010 11:58:37 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Host The Beer Summit-->Win The Nobel Peace Prize!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

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


33 posted on 03/16/2010 12:52:57 PM PDT by Maine Mariner
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To: EyeGuy; DontTreadOnMe2009
>>“The creep should have been sent to jail rather than to the US Senate.”

>What’s the difference?

It's in the amenities.

34 posted on 03/16/2010 1:48:51 PM PDT by Erasmus (Lying fallow in preparation for planting season)
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To: GOPsterinMA; Clintonfatigued; Clemenza; Impy; campaignPete R-CT

*MA ping* RIP.


35 posted on 03/16/2010 8:24:32 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: fieldmarshaldj; GOPsterinMA; AuH2ORepublican

Didn’t do his job.

And he was voted out in 1970 because what little he did do pissed off Kennedy lovers?


36 posted on 03/17/2010 5:34:02 PM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN | NO "INDIVIDUAL MANDATE"!!!!!!!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Henry Arruda, general manager of the radio station Dinis owned,

Radio stations aren't cheap and prosecutors don't make much money, I wonder how Dinis made enough money to buy one.

37 posted on 03/17/2010 5:38:16 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: Gay State Conservative
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.

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.

38 posted on 03/17/2010 5:53:50 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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