Membership of the MA Board of Pardons, 2000

Copyright © 2001 by Hugo S. Cunningham
first posted y10423
last update y10423

The Board of Pardons, before whom Gerald Amirault appeared in 20 Sep 2000, has the same personnel as the Parole Board. There is only one parole board for the entire MA prison system.

The parole board was mentioned in the "Boston Globe" on Thurs 5 April 2001, pp. B1, B8:

"Activist voted off parole board
"Concerns voiced on victims' advocate

"by Ralph Rannalli, 'Globe' staff


"By a 6-0 vote, the [Governor's Council voted on Wed 4 April] to refuse a second five-year term on the board to Mary Ellen Doyle, a Carlisle accountant who became a high-profile victims' rights advocate after her parents and 15-year-old brother were shot and killed in 1975 during a New Year's Eve home invasion."

The Governor's Council appeared to be challenging the Weld-Cellucci policy of "stacking" the parole board with law-and-order types who had "drastically reduced the number of early releases" in the last decade.

[end of excerpts from "Globe" article]

Although, being in a separate "overflow" room, I was not able to identify the Pardon Board members during Gerald's 20 Sept 2000 hearing, I do recall a female voice that took a tedious, nagging, and skeptical attitude toward him. I am told by one who would know that that description sounds like Doyle.

The six remaining Parole Board members, as of 4 April 2001, were:

Are police and prosecutor types unfair to inmates hoping for early release?

In Gerald's case, John Kivlan's prosecutorial background seemed helpful. His close cross-examination of Middlesex DA representative Lynn Rooney exposed her office's lies and impostures for all to see -- that their claims about Gerald's unique guilt had no support in records of the investigations or trials, or in any statement they made before Cheryl's parole agreement in 1999.

The Governor's Council were correct that the "civilian" Mary Ellen Doyle was more one-sided than any prosecutor. Someone like her might be a suitable counterweight to an easy-going Quaker, but there are no Quakers on the parole board. In any case, even the toughest law-and-order types should have some intelligence and wisdom, eg the ability to recognize that occasionally someone before them might be innocent.

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Go to Jim D'Entremont's report on Gerald Amirault's 20 Sep 2000 hearing before the Board of Pardons.