Boston Globe's Todd Wallack Talks Secret Criminal Courts

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BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- The Boston Globe's Spotlight team is back with another investigative story--this one about secretive criminal justice hearings in Massachusetts.

Reporter Todd Wallack, one of three who share a byline on Sunday's story, spoke with WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Laurie Kirby. The piece describes a system of private hearings that is unique to the Bay State--and which the story describes as "the darkest corner of the Massachusetts criminal justice system, where closed-door hearings are often held in private offices without public notice, where the outcome is up to the discretion of a single court official who may not have a law degree, and where thousands of substantiated criminal cases go to die every year."

Read the full Boston Globe Spotlight story here

"I think even some people who have heard about these hearings here in Massachusetts were surprised to learn that so many of the hearings involved are serious cases," he said. "One in eight involve felonies. But they're still held in secret, and there's very little accountability for how those decisions are being made."

Listen to the full interview with Wallack below.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Laurie Kirby (@LaurieWBZ) reports

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