Dec 16, 2015

After Murder Trial, Massachusetts DA Thanks Court Officer

After a Salem Superior Court jury convicted a teenager of the brutal murder of his high school teacher, the district attorney thanked a court officer for postponing his retirement to work at the trial.
Following the conviction of Philip Chism for the 2013 rape and murder of Danvers High School math teacher Colleen Ritzer on December 15, Essex County District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett held a press conference. Blodgett thanked everyone who assisted in the investigation and prosecution, and then thanked Court Officer Paul Gaeta for postponing his retirement to ensure security and dignity at the trial.
“Court Officer Gaeta deserves recognition for postponing his own retirement to bring his experience to the court during a difficult time,” said Dorianna Medeiros, president of NAGE Local 458. “When the district attorney stops to thank one of us for a job well done during a trial as difficult as this, it shows you how much our experience and professionalism matter.”

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Essex County District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett
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