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David Boeri

Senior Reporter, WBUR

Radio reporter, writer, and former long-time television reporter at WCVB’s News Center Five, David Boeri is the 2012 winner of the National Edward R. Murrow award for investigative journalism, the New England Edward R. Murrow award for investigative journalism, the New England Associated Press award for hard news reporting, and a winner of the ACLU “Defender of Freedom” award for his work at WBUR.

He is the author of the e-book Bulger on Trial: Boston’s Most Notorious Gangster and The Pursuit of Justice published in November 2013.

Over his career, Boeri has won twenty-five national, regional and local awards for his reporting on organized crime, legal issues, the environment, politics and corruption. His three decades of investigative reporting on the FBI and its corrupt relationship with James Whitey Bulger have won national recognition. “David Boeri lived up to the expectation of the news media as a fervent watchdog over government” wrote the Society of Professional Journalists. He has been named “Boston’s Best Political Reporter’ and “Boston’s Best Reporter”.

His reporting has focused on legal and criminal issues, including the case of a murder confession coerced from a sixteen-year old Worcester girl, Nga Truong, who spent almost three years in jail awaiting trial before a judge threw the confession. After fighting a legal battle to obtain a police videotape of the alleged confession, Boeri aired the interrogation that led to the judge’s decision and the criminal charges to be dropped.

Earlier in his career as a writer, Boeri spent several years living with Eskimo hunters in Northwestern Alaska. People of the Ice Whale (E.P. Dutton; Harcourt, Brace) chronicled an endangered culture’s hunt for an endangered whale. His first book followed several years working as a commercial fisherman in Boston. He co-authored “Tell it Good-bye Kiddo”: The Decline of the New England Offshore Fishery.

Recent stories

Finally Seated, 18 Jurors — 10 Women And 8 Men — To Hear Opening Statements In Tsarnaev Trial

March 04, 2015

From a pool of 64 people, the judge in the Tsarnaev trial called upon 18 people to serve as the jury in the case. The jury is comprised of 10 women and 8 men.

Jury Seated In Tsarnaev Trial

March 03, 2015

BOSTON After two months of questioning, a jury has been chosen for the trial of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Ten women and eight men, all white, were selected from the initial pool of more than 1,300 prospective jurors. They will be seated when opening statements begin Wednesday, and they’re expected to serve through […]

Judge’s Quest To Find A ‘Fair And Impartial’ Tsarnaev Jury In Boston Finally Comes To A Close

March 03, 2015
In this courtroom sketch, Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, second from right, is depicted with his lawyers, left, beside U.S. District Judge George O'Toole Jr., right, as O'Toole addressed a pool of potential jurors in early January. (Jane Flavell Collins/AP)

For Judge O’Toole, seating the Tsarnaev jury will be an achievement, 18 “fair and impartial” jurors he was determined to find and who proved far more elusive than he first supposed.

Recap: 3-Judge Panel Denies Defense Request In Tsarnaev Trial

February 28, 2015

Defense attorneys for Tsarnaev have insisted that because of overwhelmingly prejudicial pretrial publicity, he cannot get a fair trial in eastern Massachusetts.

Boston Bar Asks Obama’s AG Nominee To Remove Death Penalty In Tsarnaev Case

February 25, 2015

The Boston Bar Association is asking federal prosecutor Loretta Lynch to remove the death penalty from consideration in the accused Boston bomber’s trial.

Tsarnaev Lawyers Await Appeals Court Ruling On Moving Trial

February 20, 2015

As lawyers in the Boston bombing trial await a federal appeals court ruling on whether to the move the case out of Boston, the trial judge is getting closer to empanelling a jury.

Appeals Court Hears Case For Moving Tsarnaev Trial

February 19, 2015

As a federal judge continues to work to seat a jury for the trial of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, his defense team argued Thursday before the federal appeals court that the judge can not find a fair and impartial jury in eastern Massachusetts.

Appeals Court To Hear Tsarnaev Bid To Move Trial Out Of Boston

February 19, 2015
In this courtroom sketch, Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, third from right, is depicted with his lawyers and U.S. District Judge George O'Toole Jr., right. (Jane Flavell Collins/AP)

Judges in the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments from the Boston bombing suspect’s attorneys who say he cannot get a fair trial in Boston.

Tsarnaev Trial Illustrates Difficulty Of Jury Selection In A Death Penalty Case

February 12, 2015

When court resumed Wednesday after two days lost to bad weather, the questioning of one woman reflected the difficult and often confusing process of jury selection for a death penalty case.

As Judge Expresses Confidence In Slow Jury Selection, Tsarnaev Again Seeks To Move Trial

February 04, 2015
In this courtroom sketch, Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, third from right, is depicted with his lawyers and U.S. District Judge George O'Toole Jr., right. (Jane Flavell Collins/AP)

Defense attorneys in the marathon bombing trial are now asking an appeals court to stop jury selection and order the case’s federal judge to move the trial, claiming the questionnaires filled out by the pool of prospective jurors indicate that Tsarnaev cannot get a fair trial here.

Another Day, Another Round Of Special Drug Court Hearings

October 18, 2012

The special hearings involve evidence that may have been deliberately tainted by a chemist at the now-closed state drug lab.

Chemist At Center Of State Drug Lab Scandal Arrested

September 28, 2012
Annie Dookhan

The former state chemist at the center of a growing scandal about tainted evidence that has put thousands of drug cases in Massachusetts in jeopardy is now a defendant herself.

State Lab Chemist Told Police She Intentionally Falsified Test Results

September 27, 2012

Witnesses also told state police that Annie Dookhan asked for specific drug samples by evidence control number, a distinct breach of protocol.

Official: 1,150 Convictions Could Be In Question In Lab Scandal

September 25, 2012
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The disclosure came on the same day a judge suspended the sentence of a Roxbury man whose case involved drugs handled by the chemist at the heart of the problems.

First Drug Conviction Vacated In Wake Of Drug Lab Scandal

September 20, 2012

David Danielli was allowed to withdraw his guilty plea after it was discovered that state chemist Annie Dookhan had tested the evidence used to convict him.

State’s Public Health Chief Resigns Amid Crime Lab Crisis

September 18, 2012

John Auerbach accepted blame for the failure to monitor, detect and report the mishandling of drug samples by a single state chemist.

Mass. Public Health Commissioner Resigns

September 17, 2012

The drug evidence mishandling scandal at the state crime lab in Jamaica Plain has led to the resignation of Commissioner John Auerbach.

State Chemist Possibly Mishandled Evidence In 34,000 Cases

September 12, 2012

State agencies and district attorneys on Wednesday will to try and clarify what happened at the troubled state crime lab that was shut down last month.

State Chemist In Closed Lab Handled 50,000 Samples

September 06, 2012

The new revelation raises the possibility of an enormous number of legal challenges from people convicted or awaiting trial in drug cases.

Closing Of Crime Lab Could Jeopardize Thousands Of Drug Cases

August 31, 2012

Officials are investigating allegations of deliberate mishandling of evidence by a woman who had worked for the lab for 10 years.

‘Whitey’ The Kid

May 30, 2012
Out of the Air Force, Bulger came back to Boston and was involved in tailgating, the act of jumping onto the backs of trucks and stealing their content. (Courtesy of David Boeri)

Newly obtained government documents show that Bulger started snitching on fellow criminals as early as the 1950s.

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