"Every subject of the commonwealth ought to find a certain remedy, by having recourse to the laws, for all injuries or wrongs which he may receive in his person, property, or character. He ought to obtain right and justice freely, and without being obliged to purchase it; completely, and without any denial; promptly, and without delay; conformably to the laws."
— Massachusetts Constitution, Article XI
Retired Judges Appointed for Drug Lab Cases
Superior Court Chief Justice Barbara J. Rouse appointed five retired judges
(listed below) to help hear cases stemming from the mishandling of evidence by a
former state drug lab chemist.
Paul A. Chernoff
Elizabeth B. Donovan
Wendie I. Gershengorn
The jurists will serve as special magistrates pursuant to Massachusetts
Rule of Criminal Procedure 47 – which permits retired judges to handle
discovery, conduct evidentiary hearings, and make proposed findings and
rulings. The judges will not be allowed to take pleas and are not
considered recall judges – they can continue to work in other