For drunk drivers, a habit of judicial leniency

State Trooper Matthew Sheehan took a suspected drunk driver into custody in Everett.

Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe

When state judges hear OUI cases without a jury, they acquit the vast majority of defendants, no matter how blatant the alleged offense. It is one more way Massachusetts stands out nationally — for all the wrong reasons — on this crime.

audio transcript

Getting to not guilty

How a driver who told police after an accident, “I was driving, I’m drunk, and it’s all my fault,” was found not guilty by a Massachusetts judge.


Police report details 2008 car crash

A doctor reported after a 2008 crash that one of the drivers was “highly intoxicated.” The driver ended up getting a not guilty verdict. Read the police report from the crash.

FOR SPOTLIGHT - Massachusetts State Troopers perform a sobriety test on a driver at a sobriety check point operated jointly with the Chicopee Police, on Memorial Avenue in Chicopee on Friday, April 29, 2011. (Matthew Cavanaugh for The Boston Globe)

Globe Spotlight Report

Looking at drunken driving in Massachusetts

The state stands out nationally — for all the wrong reasons — on intoxicated driving.

Storm kills 1, knocks out power for hundreds of thousands

A nor’easter disrupted weekend activities, snarled traffic, and caused hundreds of thousands to lose power throughout the region. It is also blamed for at least one death.

A tree fell under the weight of wet, heavy snow in Worcester, Mass., last night, as a strong nor’easter chugged along the East Coast.

STEVE LANAVA/Worcester Telegram and Gazette

Governor Deval Patrick declared a state of emergency, as the storm was already causing power outages.

STEVE LANAVA/Worcester Telegram and Gazette

The storm downed utility poles and knocked out power to at least 1.7 million customers on the East Coast.


Shoppers in Danvers, Mass., prepared for the storm yesterday.

Globe Staff

Mid-Atlantic states were hard hit, with snow totals between 6 and 10 inches.


Up to a foot of snow was expected in parts of Massachusetts.



New Yorkers make their way through falling snow in New York, October 29, 2011. New York has been hit by snowfall before Halloween for only the fourth time since the US Civil War (1861-1865). AFP PHOTO/Emmanuel Dunand (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

AFP/Getty Images

Tiffany Ontko of Swoyersville cleans snow off her car in Mountaintop, Pa., Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011. A classic nor'easter is moving along the East Coast and is expected to dump anywhere from a dusting of snow to about 10 inches throughout the region starting Saturday, a decidedly unseasonal date for a type of storm more associated with midwinter.(AP Photo/The Citizens' Voice, Mark Moran) MANDATORY CREDIT


A man made his way through the snow in Warren County, N.J.


“It’s hard to be in baseball for 30-plus years and not have clashed with people,” said Larry Lucchino, Red Sox president and CEO (right), with the team’s new general manager, Ben Cherington.

Lucchino a Red Sox constant

Controversial, brilliant, combative, and ever-lawyerly, Red Sox president and CEO Larry Lucchino represents the past, present, and future of the 21st century Red Sox.

Chelsea housing chief’s pay draws fire

Michael E. McLaughlin makes $360,383 a year to oversee 1,415 apartments for low-income people. It’s nearly twice the salary of the housing chief in New York City.

Patriots at Steelers | 4:15 p.m.

Patriots defense must be on guard

The defense enters today’s game against the Steelers with one less veteran to go up against a tough offense that includes a bruising QB and speedy receivers.

Due to a technical issue overnight, experienced an outage for a few hours. Our service was restored at about 3 a.m. We apologize for any inconvenience. If you continue to see problems, please contact us by calling (617) 929-2233 or by e-mailing

“We absolutely are not wrong 85 and 90 percent of the time.’’

Northborough Police Chief Mark K. Leahy 


Tags in this section:

Nation & World

Tags in this section:


Tags in this section:

Patriots vs. Steelers, 4:15 p.m.

Tom Brady

Patriots’ keys to a Week 8 victory vs. the Steelers

The Boston Globe breaks down the Patriots’ visit with the Steelers and offers a prediction for who will win.


Tags in this section:

Travel | Sarasota

The circus inheritance

In 1927, John Ringling’s circus empire made Sarasota, Fla., its winter home. Today, while headquarters have moved to Virginia, Ringling’s legacy is all over Sarasota.