Every now and then, I feel guilty about kicking around the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. But luckily for me, they go and do something that not only justifies the abuse I heap on them, it makes me wonder if I’m harsh enough.
Such as keep Judge Richard T. Moses on the bench.
Judge Moses, it seems, has a soft spot for sex offenders. He has a very high standard for judging whether or not they are likely to prove a danger to the public, and errs on the side of giving them a chance to prove themselves worthy of trust.
And twice in the last week or so, sex offenders he has refused to order be held have been re-arrested for new sex crimes.
First, there’s the case of Corey Saunders. In 2006, prosecutors begged the judge to keep him locked up, but the judge deemed he was not likely to pose a threat.
Last week, Mr. Saunders was arrested for raping a little boy in a public library, mere feet from the boy’s mother.
Then, also back in 2006, another guy with a very lengthy list of sex crimes on his record was before the judge. Once again, the judge agonized at the thought of keeping him behind bars, and eventually relented.
Well, last week that man, David Flavell, used a bookcase to barricade himself in a book store ladies’ room with a woman. She managed to escape, but police arrested him later at a doughnut shop.
At the time he had a backpack containing gloves, a ski mask, and duct tape with him. I’m sure that’s just a harmless coincidence.
I don’t know who nominated this judge for the bench, and I don’t know who voted to confirm him. I also don’t care. What I do care about is who has the authority (and responsibility) for getting this idiot off the bench before he sets free another predator.