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Did you know that judges at Worcester District Courthouse all have street names? Did you know that it’s common practice to try to move cases around the courthouse to get the lenient judges for defendants? We got more on this coming, but just a few examples first. For instance Judge Michael Allard-Madaus is known in the streets as “No house” Madaus. As in, no house of corrections for the lucky defendant. Judge Andrew D’Angelo is is commonly referred to as “Let me go” D’Angelo. And perhaps the most infamous is Judge Janet Kenton-Walker, a Deval Patrick appointee more commonly known to street toughs as “Let you walk” Walker.
The reason we bring this up is because “Let you walk” Walker was in the news again yesterday.
— Lindsay Corcoran (@Lacorc) May 31, 2016
A judge has ruled that there isn’t enough evidence to say that Chad Easter was involved in the murder of two witnesses scheduled to testify against him in a 2013 home invasion case. Worcester Superior Court Judge Janet Kenton-Walker issued a written ruling Tuesday saying the testimony of Alex Lora and Jessica McKeon could not be used against Easter.
In April, prosecutors filed a motion detailing their belief that Easter had a role in the “execution” of the witnesses against him. Lora and McKeon were gunned down inside their 8 Forbes St. apartment on March 10. The two were victims of a 2013 home invasion, which Easter is set to go to trial for on June 1.
Remember that double homicide on Forbes Street on March 10? Yea, two state’s witnesses were killed. This is the sign of a lawless society that is run by bad guys. When people who have agreed to help prosecute the bad guys get murdered for doing so, you have a very serious problem.
And guess which probation department employee admitted to being a gangster mattress and giving up names and other confidential information to her criminal friends?
Yup. Ashley Losapio. Did she have anything to do with the Forbes Street murder? Who knows? No evidence whatsoever. But the fact of the matter is that there is a known leak working in the probation department who has given up names before to bad people. She was basically not punished at all, so if you were her then why would you stop? You’re untouchable because your Daddy is recently retired Judge Paul Losapio.
Oh yea, and we called Dudley District Court today, and she IS back at work in the probation office despite all of this. Just sayin.
Back to the story at hand:
Prosecutors had been trying to get McKeon’s previous statements admitted to evidence under the “forfeiture by wrongdoing” statute, which says if the suspect procured the unavailability of witnesses through wrongdoing then their statements outside of court can be used.
So let me get this straight. This woman was going to turn state’s witness and provide testimony that would certainly put Chad Easter in jail for an armed home invasion. She told cops and prosecutors that he did it, but before she could say it under oath in a courtroom she gets killed. Now none of that matters because she’s dead? Wow, murder really does pay in “Let you walk” Walker’s courtroom.
So what’s the evidence that linked Chad Easter to the double homicide on March 10?
“There is no doubt Easter had a strong motive to prevent McKeon from testifying,” Kenton-Walker wrote. “Motive, however, is not proof that Easter shot McKeon or was involved in that shooting.”
Fair enough. But motive does exist. What else you got Mr. Prosecutor?
Detectives testified at a hearing earlier this month that Easter’s rental car was spotted by license plate readers less than three-tenths of a mile from 8 Forbes St. less than an hour before the shooting.
Kenton-Walker wrote in her ruling that inferring that Easter was in the neighborhood at the time of this shooting was “speculation and assumption.” She noted that there was no proof Easter was driving the car or that it did not turn before Forbes Street.
Wait…..what?? Why is this judge going out of her way to make up excuses for this guy? Shouldn’t a jury be allowed to decide if this evidence makes him guilty beyond a reasonable doubt? They have a rental car in Chad Easter’s name a quarter mile from the site of the murder, less than an hour before the murder. Any reasonable person would conclude that it was there to scope out the place and make sure the victims were home. But somehow the indisputable fact that Chad Easter’s rental car was there at that time does not matter because these facts are “speculation and assumption?”
What planet am I on where facts are “speculation and assumption?” Are you required to be naive in order to become a judge, or do you just have to have a hyphenated last name and kiss Deval Patrick’s ass? And there was no proof that Chad Easter was driving the rental car that was a quarter mile from the murder scene? Ummmmm, the car was rented IN HIS NAME!!!! But yea, there’s hardly enough evidence to bring this to trial.
But wait, there’s more evidence:
The judge also dismissed the evidence presented by prosecutors that Easter called a friend in jail about a “hometown hit” benefitting his case.
“The court listened to the recording many times and, while a few words, including the phrase … “hometown hit” are decipherable, most of the conversation surrounding those phrases is completely unintelligible. To conclude from this evidence that the men are were discussing the shooting of McKeon and Lora is pure speculation and assumption,” Kenton-Walker wrote.
Hold on a second. Chad Easter called a buddy in jail and discussed the benefits of a recent “hometown hit,” which is common street terminology for a murder that benefits the individual talking about the hometown hit. And this doesn’t matter because they were talking in a hushed murmur because they knew the call was recorded? And it’s just “speculation and assumption” that this guy who just benefitted from a double homicide was referring to THAT particular “hometown hit” when he spoke to his inmate friend?” Oh yea, Janet Kenton-Walker is extremely qualified to be protecting society from dangerous criminals.
What about the murder weapon?
Prosecutors also argued that a 9mm handgun was used in both the 2013 home invasion and the murders of Lora and McKeon.
“9mm are not uncommon and this evidence is not proof that Easter is linked to the firearm used to kill McKeon and Lora,” Kenton-Walker wrote.
No, the fact that the same type of gun was used in both crimes is not proof of anything. But it certainly constitutes evidence. And when you put all this evidence together it’s certainly worth finding out if 12 citizens think that it ties Chad Easter to this murder beyond a reasonable doubt.
This is Kenton-Walker’s M.O. In 2012 a jury found a man guilty of attempting to rape a 19 month old. Yes, you read that right – 19 months old. Disgusting. Guess what she gave him for jail time? NOTHING!!!
Then there was that time the Worcester Police Department unleashed a scathing tongue lashing of “Let you walk” Walker after she let Hector Pineiro Jr., the dangerous drug dealing son of RBG’s lawyer Hector Pineiro Sr, out on bail in 2012:
The police press release was prompted after Hector Pineiro, awaiting trial on charges stemming from a shooting last year in Fitchburg and unrelated gun and drug charges, was released from custody Wednesday on bail totaling $55,500 cash. His release came after a bail hearing held by Judge Kenton-Walker.
— MassLiveWoo (@MassLiveWoo) May 20, 2016
Guess what he did when he was out on bail? Violated by taking off his ankle bracelet. He was sentenced to two years, which he didn’t end up serving in it’s entirety, and then ended up getting arrested recently again after shooting someone on Shrewsbury Street. This is the kind of criminality that judges like Kenton-Walker are releasing into society.
What a joke our criminal justice system is. What a joke people like “Let you walk” Walker are. Since they’re appointed and not elected, we’re just gonna keep calling them out one by one. Because public shaming seems to be the best way to force people to do their jobs.
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