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.
In the sentencing phase of the trial, jurors took only a day and a half to decide that he deserved not life in prison, but death.
In closing Wednesday, prosecutors urged jurors to give Tsarnaev the death sentence “he deserves.” His defense said life in prison “is a sentence that reflects justice and mercy.”
Prosecutors and defense attorneys presented their closing arguments in the penalty phase of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s trial Wednesday, and the decision of whether to sentence the convicted Boston Marathon bomber to death or life in prison is now in the hands of the jury.
On Wednesday — four-and-a-half months after the trial started — a federal jury can expect to begin deliberating the fate of convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
This could be the final day of testimony from witnesses called on behalf of convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as his lawyers try to spare him from the death penalty.
It was an emotional day of testimony in the Boston Marathon bombing trial Monday as the relatives of convicted bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev took the stand.
Former FBI Agent Robert Fitzpatrick is often credited as a whistleblower who helped expose “Whitey” Bulger. Now, Fitzpatrick faces charges of perjury and obstruction of justice stemming from his testimony in Bulger’s trial.
After first learning about Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s older brother, jurors are now getting a sympathetic portrait of the defendant.
Defense attorneys are expected to call more witnesses today as they begin their third day of trying to persuade federal jurors to spare the life of convicted Marathon Day bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
Defense attorney David Bruck urged the jury to spare Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s life, telling them life in prison promises he won’t be heard from again.
The special hearings involve evidence that may have been deliberately tainted by a chemist at the now-closed state drug lab.
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.
Witnesses also told state police that Annie Dookhan asked for specific drug samples by evidence control number, a distinct breach of protocol.
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.
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.
John Auerbach accepted blame for the failure to monitor, detect and report the mishandling of drug samples by a single state chemist.
The drug evidence mishandling scandal at the state crime lab in Jamaica Plain has led to the resignation of Commissioner John Auerbach.
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.
The new revelation raises the possibility of an enormous number of legal challenges from people convicted or awaiting trial in drug cases.
Officials are investigating allegations of deliberate mishandling of evidence by a woman who had worked for the lab for 10 years.
Newly obtained government documents show that Bulger started snitching on fellow criminals as early as the 1950s.