September 26, 2020

Charges on Dad Dropped

A follow-up:

A Massachusetts district attorney dropped its case today against a father arrested while attempting to secure a promise from school officials to notify parents before teaching about homosexuality in his son’s kindergarten class.

David Parker, who faced criminal prosecution by the town of Lexington, spent a night in jail in April and was charged with criminal trespassing after refusing to leave a scheduled meeting with officials at the Estabrook Elementary School.

But Middlesex County District Attorney Martha Coakley informed the court this morning her office decided not to pursue the criminal trespassing charge, reports Article 8 Alliance, a Massachusetts group battling same-sex marriage.

The jury trial had been scheduled to begin this morning in Concord District Court.

Judge Robert McKenna used a relatively unusual procedure to order the case delayed into administrative limbo, and it will be dropped completely after one year.

Parker has made no admission of guilt and the full presumption of his innocence officially continues, according to Article 8.

Parker’s lead attorney, Jeffrey Denner, said the procedure is different from the much more commonly used “continued without a finding,” in which a defendant admits sufficient facts exist to warrant a conviction and the case eventually is dropped.

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