Since 2006 Mr. Baran has been released on bail but under home confinement. The Superior Court ruling that released him in 2006 was appealed by the Berkshire County District Attorney’s office.
The Appeals Court reported its decision on the case last month. The facts as reported show without question that the prosecutor, Judge Ford, manipulated evidence to mislead the grand jury that indicted Baran and did not provide the defense with exculpable evidence.
For instance, the children denied on tape that Baran molested them. Some named another person as molesting them. The tapes also showed the children being coached.
Judge Ford never showed the grand jury that portion of the tapes and did not turn copies over to the defendant. There were also exculpatory police reports and other documents kept from the defense. Ford did turn his complete file over to the victim’s attorneys.
Yes Mr. Baran had incompetent counsel, however that does not acquit prosecutor Ford.
Anyone who has seen My Cousin Vinny knows that the D.A. must turn everything over. Very limited exceptions to that rule. If it is exculpatory the D.A. turns it over automatically without being asked.
But for Judge Ford’s indifference, narcissism, ambition, or pathological tendencies Bernard Baran would not have spent 20 years in jail for crimes he did not commit.
Massachusetts Superior Court Judge Daneil A Ford is corrupt and should go to jail for this. However the statute of limitations has expired so the best we can do is impeach him.