I haven’t seen polling for the Middlesex DA race, but I can’t imagine the recent news that Ryan withheld pages of a report on the Jared Remy murder will help her.
Yesterday the Globe reported that Ryan withheld 19 pages of the report and charged that she may have violated the public records law.
“When I elect to release something that I haven’t been compelled to release, it’s fully in my discretion to release what I’m going to release,” Ryan said in a telephone interview Thursday night.
In a job so heavily dependent on the correct use of discretion, this should raise huge red flags.
The Globe followed that up with a story on the report this morning.
“It would have been significant to know that Remy had previously been held on dangerousness,” the prosecutor told former Essex district attorney Kevin Burke and First Assistant Norfolk District Attorney Jeanmarie Carroll in their review of the Remy case.
Ryan explained Friday that the prosecutor did not know that Remy had been ordered held in 2005 because such information was historically kept out of a defendant’s probation record.
Whether that information was kept out by law or by office policy would be nice to know, and it wouldn’t be Ryan’s fault, but her decisions with regards to the report are all on her.
I cannot, for the life of me, understand why Ryan would take any chances with being anything other than completely forthright and transparent with this case. It’s one of the biggest liabilities (and she has others) and she chose to make it so much worse.
The saving grace for Ryan is that these stories have come out on a Friday and Saturday in the summer, but they are still incredibly damning. For me, at a bare minimum, a candidate for DA must demonstrate the highest levels of trust. Marian Ryan has not done that.
When it comes down to it, what are the positives for Ryan as DA? She has the most experience in the office? That may be true, but that certainly isn’t showing in her being able to run an effective and trustworthy prosecutor’s office.