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Slain Danvers teacherís relatives blast SJCís teen killer ruling
http://bostonherald.com/ ^ | 01/03/2014 | Jessica Heslam

Posted on 01/03/2014 11:13:22 AM PST by massmike

The family of a Danvers High School teacher allegedly killed by a 14-year-old is blasting a controversial decision by the state’s Supreme Judicial Court to give teen killers serving life behind bars the opportunity to apply for parole.

“The Ritzer family feels a deep sense of betrayal and anguish with the recent decision of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court that provides more rights to those youths convicted of horrible and heinous crimes than victims and their families,” the family of Colleen Ritzer said in a statement released today about the ruling issued on Christmas Eve. “While these convicted murderers are now provided a second chance through the possibility of parole, victims slain at the hands of ‘youthful offenders,’ possibly even our precious daughter Colleen, will be victimized again and again,” the statement said.

Authorities have charged freshman Philip Chism with the brutal October rape and murder of Ritzer, a 24 year-old math teacher from Andover.

“Our daughter and sister Colleen was taken in a cruel manner; we are now forced to endure a tremendous loss for life while her likely attacker will be afforded the opportunity for parole if convicted,” the family’s statement said. “There will never be ‘parole’ for our family’s life sentence without Colleen.

“This decision should not be applauded, rather overturned as an act of justice and humanity to victims of violent crimes and their families.”

(Excerpt) Read more at bostonherald.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: massachusetts

1 posted on 01/03/2014 11:13:22 AM PST by massmike
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To: massmike

Typical judicial bullshite from the oh-so-Liberal courts here in Massachusetts. Gad, I can’t wait to get outta this crap hole.


2 posted on 01/03/2014 11:15:59 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts ("Gun horror is not a productive emotion, it's learned helplessness disguised as moral superiority.")
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To: massmike

On Christmas Eve, at that. Satan does like to twist the dagger.


3 posted on 01/03/2014 11:19:36 AM PST by BykrBayb (Somewhere, my flower is there. ~ √ě)
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To: massmike

A parole hearing after serving sixty years then denied and will have to wait another twenty before applying again.


4 posted on 01/03/2014 11:50:31 AM PST by SkyDancer ("How Can People Ask Forgiveness If They Won't Forgive Others?")
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To: massmike

We, the people, need to hold judges responsible when these feral animals kill again. I’m all for starting a fund that would put these released animals in a nearby home of either these judges or their children.


5 posted on 01/03/2014 11:53:00 AM PST by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: freeangel
That's a great idea. Buy the house next door to the judge and move the animal in there.

For what he did, a shotgun blast to his face at close range would have been a more fitting sentence.

6 posted on 01/03/2014 12:40:33 PM PST by EinNYC
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To: BykrBayb

Another sympathy for the devil judge.


7 posted on 01/06/2014 4:15:31 PM PST by cradle of freedom
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