Massachusetts high court sides with DA in spat over ‘straight parade’ arrests

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BOSTON (AP) | Massachusetts’ highest court has sided with Boston’s district attorney in a dispute over the prosecution of counterprotesters arrested during a “straight pride” parade in Boston on Labor Day weekend.

A state Supreme Judicial Court justice ruled Sept. 9 that Boston Municipal Court Judge Richard Sinnott had “no authority” to force Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins’ office to prosecute a counterprotester arrested at the parade.

Rollins argued last week that Sinnott had overstepped his constitutional authority in refusing her request to drop charges against some counterprotesters charged with minor infractions. A spokesperson for Sinnott didn’t comment.

Rollins says she’s pleased with the decision and is evaluating other cases stemming from the parade. Some 36 people were arrested. The parade was meant to be a counterpoint to LGBTQ Pride parades.

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