Suspended DPW worker Kenneth Clark, who pleaded not guilty yesterday to dealing heroin out of his work truck, has a rap sheet with some 100 charges that include convictions for armed assault and drug dealing near a school — all of which the city had no clue about when hiring him due to a relaxing of criminal background checks under the Menino administration.
The rest of the story as published in the Boston Herald is below the fold. So we have the revolving door Justice System as administrated by MA Liberal Judges who don’t see that their job is to protect the public from the animals that have been nurtured by the Progressive paradise that is Boston. Pass them through the
public educationsystem and kick them out the door when they get too old. When the police and the District Attorney’s DO do their job then the famous Mass Judges will sentence them to the minimum and then let them out when they have served a fraction of that. (In most states there are severe sentencing laws for dealing drugs near a school as there are in Mass. but somehow this felon has been incarcerated five times including a conviction for the above mentioned crime which carries a 15 year prison sentence and yet he is out. And still only 49 years old.) What saved Mr. Clark from a life sentence (last time at bat) under (2012) Mass Three Strikes law was his last three drug cases being dismissed due to all the evidence being thrown out of court. That lucky break illustrates another weakness in the Mass way of doing business. Affirmative action and the lack of proper supervision endemic in all Mass public agencies.
And finally Mr. Clark ends up (four months after his lucky break) employed by the City of Boston and driving a public works truck (after having his drivers license suspended three times which no one noticed) until he gets caught again. Do you think he waited very long to resume his drug dealing business? From the cities vehicle so he didn’t even have to buy his own gas.
In attacking the CORI (serious offender database) system, the Governor and new Mayor of Boston have shown a stunning lack of concern for the victims of the crimes. (The voters who elected them, mostly) The majority of their concern and efforts have been in defense of people like Mr. Clark.
In the end, it is the continued election and re-election of liberal politicians such as Gov. (Mini-Me) Patrick and Mayor Walsh that ensures that Massachusetts will continue it’s descent into the cesspool of progressive paradises.
Clark’s public works supervisors never sought a Criminal Offender Record Information report when screening him in 2011 because his job picking up dead animals and sweeping streets was not among the 145 positions — including dog catchers and grave diggers — the city felt required criminal background checks under a stripped-down CORI system adopted by the City Council in 2005.
“I’m a firm believer in giving people a second chance after they’ve paid their debt to society, otherwise we will continue to recycle them through our prisons and jails,” said City Councilor Michael Flaherty, who supported the city’s CORI reform effort that was championed by former Mayor Thomas M. Menino and Councilor Stephen Murphy. “But, if you’re a habitual offender or have a propensity for violence, the city ought to know about that.”
Mayor Martin J. Walsh, who as a state representative supported CORI reform laws in 2010, said yesterday: “We are doing an audit of our human resources now. … We have to look, after the audit, and see what we have do with our CORI (system) in the city.”
Walsh spokeswoman Melina Schuler said the city lacks an electronic database to keep track of CORI reports.
Clark, 49, who according to the state Registry of Motor Vehicles has had his license suspended three times, including most recently from April 29 to July 3, was ordered yesterday held on $15,000 bail. The Public Works Department employee was nabbed last week by Boston cops for allegedly selling heroin in Mattapan while driving his city truck.
“Mr. Clark has been indicted five times, five sentences served. He has been arraigned on approximately 42 cases, totaling approximately 100 charges,” prosecutor Michael Callahan told a judge of the Dorchester man’s lengthy record.
According to court records, he was sentenced in 1993 to five to 10 years for assault with a knife, assault with intent to murder and cocaine distribution, as well as a combined 71⁄2 years in 2002 for multiple counts of dealing heroin, including in a school zone. He has also been convicted of assaulting a police officer and unarmed robbery.
Four months before the city hired him in November 2011, Clark was arraigned on multiple heroin distribution charges, but both cases were dismissed, according to the Suffolk District Attorney’s Office, one in particular because samples were handled by Annie Dookhan, the former state crime lab chemist who admitted to falsifying evidence.