Will ex-state police Captain James J. Coughlin #1818 ready for his close-up Wednesday morning in Dedham District Court?
Coughlin is living largely on his state police pension of $131,961 a year.
But now she has learned whether she will be charged with alcohol abuse and reckless endangerment of a child in the wake of the death of a 17-year-old Dedham teen who was found at the bottom of a pool in Coughlin’s backyard last month. .
It’s a big story – a kid dying after a late night high school graduation party at the home of a politically wired ex-state cop. It is quite sad, especially that no one in the party clearly saw what was happening.
But last month’s tragedy wasn’t the first time that something terribly bad had happened right under Coughlin’s nose and she had no idea what was happening.
In his day, Coughlin was Inspector Clouseau of the State Police. Except that Clouseau suspected everyone and he suspected no one. Coughlin just got suspicious… no one.
Does the name Sonia Farak ring a bell? She was a drug-addicted chemist for the state’s Department of Public Health who snatched and swallowed criminal evidence brought to her laboratory in Amherst for testing.
It quickly became clear that much of the evidence she had handled – such as that of her fellow DPH hack Annie Dookhan on the Jamaican grounds – had been tampered with. So state government hacks desperately tried to hide DPH corruption by jailing everyone who was wrongfully convicted (most of them people of color).
So what if rampant corruption led to the cancellation of 65,000 or so drug tests?
(DPH is the same state agency, by the way, that now handles COVID figures, which explains why there were 9,018 deaths in nursing homes one day, and the number fell to 5,500 the next day – DPH always pulling figures. I have been good in the blink of an eye.)
Anyway, when Farak’s drug addiction smelled so bad that he couldn’t be flushed down the rug, an “investigation” was ordered.
Guess who was chosen from the state police to nab the usual suspects?
You guessed it, Captain Coughlin, along with his friend, Detective Captain Paul L’Italian, now retired with a pension of $128,267.
He had access to everything Farak did and this was his classic MSP report on the massive crime wave and the resulting cover-up:
“We find no merit in any allegation of prosecutor’s misconduct or obstruction of justice.”
It was shameful even by MSP standards. L’Italien retired two days after being whitewashed in January 2016.
Netflix recently made a great documentary about the DPH scandal. He interviews Maura Healy, AG, who knows a bit about hiding Farak’s misdeeds. At one point, Healy’s office filed a “proposal for confiscation of grand jury materials and reports.”
Healy then filed a motion to confiscate the report, the first motion to confiscate. You think she understood there was a bigger, bigger problem?
When interviewed by Netflix, Healy immediately threw Coughlin under the bus.
“It was not the kind of work product we were expecting and it was not of high quality.”
which is a minority.
Subsequently, Superior Court Judge Richard Carey struck down multiple convictions based on Farak’s fabricated DPH evidence.
Thus Judge Richard Carey summed up the same evidence that Coughlin described as a big fat Nothingburger:
“The deliberate, repeated, prolonged and misleading withholding of evidence from the defendant … the depth of the fraud that constitutes fraud in court.”
Court fraud. But Coughlin saw nothing.
Here’s an example of what Coughlin turned a blind eye to. Farak received a jar of 51 white oxycodone — the gold standard of opioids — from Springfield PD. A few weeks later, the addict’s DPH chemist returned the same jar, which contained 61 different pills of assorted colors.
Even the brain-dead state police could sense that something was wrong. Another soldier alerted an assistant AG, Anne Kazmarek, who responded about Farak’s drug addiction:
“Please don’t let it get more complicated than we thought. If she was suffering from a back injury, she probably took the oxy.
Coughlin saw no problem with that statement. But when the misconduct by prosecutors reached the Supreme Court, they described it as “so deliberate and so serious”.
A week ago, a hearing officer on the Board of Bar Overseers found three former assistant attorney generals guilty of misconduct, including failure to disclose guilty evidence to defendants.
Still, like Sgt. Schultz, Coughlin saw nothing. He didn’t know anything.
Coughlin did what was expected of him. He comes from a large hack family. His brother Robert, a one-time-serving puppeteer in the legislature, paid a $10,000 fine to the state ethics commission in 2008.
James Coughlin retired in 2017 and then ran for Norfolk County sheriff last year.
He took contributions from assorted State House hacks like ex-rep. Brian Dempsey, DWI-Haverhill. His fellow millionaire soldiers were also generous, including former Lieutenant Colonel Dan Ristein ($161,208 annual pension), a dear friend of Leigha Genduso, who is now employed by the local Teamsters, as well as ex-Major Chip Coletta ($116,506), now at Tufts University. are chief of. police.
Somehow, though, county voters smelled the rat, and Coughlin finished third in the Democrat primary.
And now on Wednesday morning the captain goes back to the court. What will be his defense? that he didn’t see anything?
If this is indeed Coughlin’s defense, it wouldn’t be the first time. Just ask Sonia Farak.
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