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Former DA to Investigate Report Revisions on Judge's Daughter's Arrest



    State Police Head, Deputy Supt. Retire Early Amid Scandal

    Massachusetts State Police Deputy Superintendent Francis Hughes is stepping down after Col. Richard McKeon retired in the wake of claims that troopers were forced to alter arrest reports.

    (Published Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017)

    A former district attorney will lead an investigation into revisions made to a Massachusetts State Police report about the arrest of a judge's daughter. 

    Police Superintendent Kerry Gilpin said Friday that former Essex County District Attorney Kevin Burke will lead the probe and report his findings back to state police. 

    Gilpin took over as police boss after Col. Richard McKeon abruptly retired last month amid accusations he ordered a trooper to scrub embarrassing information from the report to protect the judge and his daughter. 

    Police allege the daughter failed sobriety tests and indicated she had a heroin addiction after an October accident in Worcester. 

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    "The past few days have been difficult for the MSP and for me, in particular," McKeon said in a statement. "We have always been highly scrutinized for how we perform our duties, as any police agency should be, and these last few days have been no exception."

    (Published Friday, Nov. 10, 2017)

    Gilpin initially said her office would investigate, but said Friday she believes an independent probe is needed to avoid any appearance of a conflict of interest.

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