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SOURCES PEEL BACK THE ‘IRON CURTAIN’ FROM THE NEW REGIME AT BERKSHIRE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE

BY DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION JAN. 31-FEB. 2, 2019) — It didn’t take long before reports trickled out of the Berkshire County District Attorney’s office, led by newbie Andrea Harrington. Our new Hamilton Burger assumed office with the startling agenda of going after “crime” on the basis of politics, race, and gender as opposed to the tenets of honest justice. Justice? Or “just us?” And what is it that they say about “assumptions?”

In fairness, only time can arbitrate her “new approach.” Perhaps she’s so far ahead of the curve she appears behind. That’s how it is when you lap everyone. If that’s the case, Berkshire County can expect a dramatic improvement in public safety. On the other hand, as Tevye says, perhaps she’s actually a plodder bringing up the rear. In that instance, Mary Jane and Joe Kapanski had better invest in security systems and tae kwon do lessons.

Harrington rode to victory over Judith Knight and Paul Caccaviello. While campaigning, Harrington painted a dire picture of crime under David Capeless-Caccaviello. Now, according to the fluff coming out of her office, things have become, instantly, much better. However, until proven otherwise, the jury is out on the D.A.’s “cultural change,” which seems to be code for giving certain minority groups preferential treatment and “Get Out of Jail” cards. If that’s the case, the new D.A. stands as racist, sexist, and every-“ist” as she thinks the rest of the world is.

In this report, THE PLANET has drawn from sources within the D.A.’s office, the courthouse, and others outside the office but with inside knowledge. Multiple times we sought comment from Harrington so we could get her version of events. She ignored the requests.

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One of the first things Harrington did, according to sources, was impose a draconian press policy. As one source put it — we shall call him “Paul Drake” —  “She thinks a crime not caught or publicized is a crime that statistically didn’t occur.” Crime in Berkshire County is now the tree falling in the forest with no one to hear.

To borrow from Sir Winston O’Boogie, an Iron Curtain has descended over the D.A.’s office.

This policy betrays an incredible naivete about how the media works. During the campaign, when she had use for THE PLANET Andrea couldn’t be more accommodating. After, she turned off the spigot.

So she thought.

When the top dog stops talking to you, a good investigative reporter goes to alternative sources. Competent newshounds will have cultivated those sources, as  THE PLANET has done. Truth is, Harrington’s office has more leaks than a rum runner’s skiff, and the harder she clamps down, the more leaks spring up.

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There appear to be three levels of office turmoil:

  1. Old v. New:  Andrea cleaned house, but she couldn’t toss everyone. She needed continuity and institutional knowledge. Some veterans HAD to say. The irony is that as much as the retained employees had loyalty to their old boss[es], they “are more loyal to the job and to those that they serve.” Nonetheless, Harrington, sources say, doesn’t believe that and has instilled a “great deal of suspicion of the old employees by the new. She’s become paranoid, but it’s so misplaced.”
  2. New v. New: There is infighting among new staffers, since many have no idea what they are doing. They are “jockeying for position and favoritism.” Sources report issues with [Deputy D.A. Rich] Dahoney and [1st Ass.t D.A. Karen] Bell. Dahoney, sources say, “is virtually clueless when it comes to office procedure and operations … but he’s more of a municipal lawyer so it makes sense.” Bell, sources say, is “abrasive, needlessly aggressive, and not particularly bright. When anyone questions her, she gets loud.”  Sources say [Chief of Appeals Legal Counsel Jeanne] Kempthorne, the most talented newcomer, is frustrated by the lack of professionalism and “extremely frustrated and discontented” over the office chaos. There’s also anger over the hiring of Helen Moon. The ex-nurse knows little about law and makes $70,000-a-year-plus bennies as “director of special projects,” whatever that is.
  3. Communications: Press relations are a mess. Sources say the most recent conflict was Dohoney “reading the riot act to staff about communications outside the office, leaks, and complaints by local news organizations about lack of access and information. It forced them to do a dump of press releases related to cases. Andrea has been using her staff as sort of a PR firm and has focused on Facebook and Twitter, releasing positive press and news snipits and not meeting the needs of the local press for information.” Sources say the atmosphere in the office is one of mistrust and suspicion that has “the most talented person in the office [Kempthorne] on the verge of quitting.” Sources say Kempthorne has shared her frustrations with ex-colleagues in Boston. The now-infamous photo-op with state auditor Suzanne Bump, where Harrington wore a shirt top that appeared to show the outline of her nipples also caused “a great deal of embarrassment, especially among [the women] in the office, who found it degrading,” Street says.

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So there you have it. Five days prior to publication, THE PLANET invited Harrington to comment, set the record straight on anything she disputes, and to present her side. She ignored the request. We interpret her silence as an endorsement of the report’s accuracy. Should she wish to comment after the fact, we remain open to her contributions.

Have a great weekend, everybody. Keep the comments semi-intelligent. Our bouncers are getting testy.

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Anger will not help us now, Mr. Ambassador” — From Stanley Kubrick‘s screenplay of “Dr. Strangelove.”

“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”

LOVE TO ALL.

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243 Responses to “SOURCES PEEL BACK THE ‘IRON CURTAIN’ FROM THE NEW REGIME AT BERKSHIRE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE”

  1. The school committee
    February 2, 2019 at 2:29 pm #

    Regressive inteligence is about walking backwards in time.Its what keeps America very conservative not in a financial way but in a thinking way.Thet are keeping all the money as regressive poor people are satisfied with the corporate crumbs.You have lost 20% Buying power since the 70s

    • X-Lachs Lounge
      February 2, 2019 at 3:53 pm #

      Mario, you and Art should move in together and split expenses.

  2. Bill Q
    February 2, 2019 at 2:46 pm #

    Clinton-Obama got richer but nothing like this. The Ozanator could never keep up with his bullshit. And no Wall. Jest sayin….

    • Halo
      February 2, 2019 at 3:09 pm #

      Now trump wants a T stamped on each partitio of wall section which he will pay for to remind Mexico they had nothing to do with it. Mexico supposedly Nixed NAFTA deal is supposed to be the repercussion. What a jerk.

    • Art Seller
      February 2, 2019 at 3:09 pm #

      I love all the planet posters. Especially those who are still alive and able to breath. They are the best. Cheers to everyone. we have all had some fun lately. Now back to throwing stones. Fire away!!!

      • Hung Wang
        February 2, 2019 at 4:37 pm #

        Everybody on blog love art

        • Johnny2Shoes
          February 2, 2019 at 4:54 pm #

          Especially Art.

          • X-Lachs Lounge
            February 2, 2019 at 5:54 pm #

            Let’s hope he loves himself in private.

          • Art Seller
            February 2, 2019 at 6:00 pm #

            Ways and means chairman Richie Neal will ask treasury secretary munuchin for scumps income tax returns. The secretary shall provide said returns to means chairman. Scump has stated that his returns are under audit but this may he lie 8534. Look for proceedings this week pertaining into this issue. Those returns will tell us much more about scump than he would like us to know. We must keep an open mind and see where these returns take us. Fair is Fair.

          • Kate Dempsey
            February 3, 2019 at 10:31 am #

            Art,
            C’mon now. Our MA tax money going to another useless MA politician, Richie Neal, wanting President Trump’s tax-returns, WHY?

            What about the 33,000 missing email from Killary? Where was Richie on those?

            Besides an idiot like the liberal lion-Jeff Flake, the Berkshires has to have two of the most useless pols around?

            With all the issues MA faces, one wants to give illegal aliens licenses and the other wants Trump tax returns.

            And Art, as far as me shaving my mustache off, I promised you I would, but under our agreed upon deal: (1) you quit posting non-sense, (2) you quit posting an non-Pittsfield related news (here’s a hint: the scump stuff is old), (3) you go back to wearing men’s undies and quit parading in town w/your hip hugger jeans and your very visible thong showing.

            Until then, I keep the stash.

          • Hung Wang
            February 3, 2019 at 12:24 pm #

            When G man go bar and try pick up fat chick he no where any underware.

          • Benigno Numine
            February 3, 2019 at 12:46 pm #

            I’d like to see Krol’s taxes

          • Mr. Fritz
            February 3, 2019 at 12:58 pm #

            Wang,
            You just ruined my lunch. The visual makes me want to hurl.

  3. Hondurans for Trump
    February 2, 2019 at 5:40 pm #

    Art number one son. Ozanator number two.

    • Art Seller
      February 2, 2019 at 6:08 pm #

      Thanks friends and enemies. Soon those who seek justice will make all of us friends. Think election and no more bullshit or vision or collaboration or strides and all that pep nonsense. Truth and fact. The order of the day and of course bye bye gobsigs. We need new leadership and I think we can ALL agree with that!!!! At all levels.

      • Art Seller
        February 2, 2019 at 6:20 pm #

        Scump says he never talked to roger stone about wikileaks but stone in interviews says he did. Now here is a dilemma. Which one do we believe!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is a tough one.

        • X-Lachs Lounge
          February 2, 2019 at 6:26 pm #

          Post the video MAGAetani.

    • Wong
      February 2, 2019 at 6:29 pm #

      Art need ozonator for brain. He no get oxygen in head.

    • Art Seller
      February 3, 2019 at 12:03 pm #

      Katie The Gman still loves you and you know that he is the champion of truth and the taxpayer. If your going to be the campaign manager you Must talk truth at all times but because you support a buffoon who has spun over 8500 big whoppers your candidacy for manager could be in jeapordy. The job is yours if you can repent and tell no more lies about the Gman. He is the bravest and most honest person on the planet earth and would be the best mayor this city has ever seen because he is a doer while all other politicians are talkers and liars. It would be high time that we put a person in the corner office who knows what he is doing. God knows we have seen many who dont including the present buffoon in the corner office. Just imagine a corporate executive in the corner office verses a secretary !!! Yeah there will be a big change here in pittsfield if the Gman decides to stand for office!!!!!!

      • Mr. Fritz
        February 3, 2019 at 12:35 pm #

        Corporate executive??? Who would that be??

        • Art Seller
          February 3, 2019 at 2:00 pm #

          Fritzy certainly not you.

        • X-Lachs Lounge
          February 3, 2019 at 4:11 pm #

          I think he means corpulent executive!

    • Art Seller
      February 3, 2019 at 1:20 pm #

      Fritzy you must have been looking in the mirror. That would make anyone hurl and cry. Her her her. Loser!!!!!

      • Art Seller
        February 3, 2019 at 1:54 pm #

        Fritzy You are known Gobsig. Many on this site despise Gobsigs including me. Just so we are clear whenever we see a post from you we will know a Gobsig is trying to infiltrate!!!!!! Jeest saeeing

  4. Trump Fellas
    February 2, 2019 at 7:23 pm #

    Art no need brain,he got glory.

  5. CosbiesLadies
    February 2, 2019 at 8:18 pm #

    Art not for sale. Rockrelll turn over in grave. Chop chop sale very very bad karma. Art says enjoy Lord of Rings QB on Sunday.

    • Art Seller
      February 3, 2019 at 12:24 pm #

      CL yeah the lord of rings LA Rams. I think game will be very close. Atlanta a long way from LA means patriot crowd. If LA behind at half time, second half could be interesting. If leading at half time second half very interesting. With a trip to the white house to the winner could be very very very very interesting. Could be the greatest battle to lose of all time. The winner could have,3 points by mistake and the loser 0. It could go that way. Regardless fun for three hours. The Gman is coming to my house for the Game. That could be very very very very very very interesting indeed. Jest Daaeing.

      • X-Lachs Lounge
        February 3, 2019 at 12:49 pm #

        Whoever Art picks to win will most likely loose.

        • Art Seller
          February 3, 2019 at 1:32 pm #

          Lounger. What team did I choose to win????? By not choosing any team I can’t lose. Capiech!!!!!!!! Get with the program!!!!!

          • X-Lachs Lounge
            February 3, 2019 at 1:39 pm #

            Don’t let your fear keep you from making a pick?

  6. Halo
    February 2, 2019 at 8:50 pm #

    And enjoy Lord..just prayin…..

  7. JohnnyComeLately
    February 2, 2019 at 9:57 pm #

    Pats 47, Rams 17

  8. Johnny99
    February 3, 2019 at 8:02 am #

    Pats win with 45 points

    • Hondurans for Trump
      February 3, 2019 at 9:03 am #

      Why aren’t legislators voting to allow citizens to wager on a Super Bowl? We now have free meds for druggies and sell pot,the lottery? If we don’t get it someone else will. Isn’t that what they said about Taconic or any other subsidized giveaway.

      The people worried about losing house money is a problem, they do it now,whether it’s lottery,drinking, horse racing,dope, card games. Don’t give us the holier than thou. Or let N Y get it.

    • Johnny Absurd
      February 3, 2019 at 9:05 am #

      Maybe, but look for Brady to get sacked about 11 times. My guy in the Rams locker room says they are going to come hard almost every play. That is their only chance.

      Trump is going to be in Krafts Sky box eating hamberders and trying to grab the cheerleaders…because, “if you are famous they let ya do it” I hope the Pats win because I want to see Kraft try to get his team to visit Trump in the Whitehouse. None of them wanna go and may lose on purpose just so they do not feel obligated.

  9. Trumped Up
    February 3, 2019 at 8:25 am #

    Gaetani was right on the other night on his news show. Too many assistants to the assistants in all school districts,it’s almos like a cult.

    • Johnny2Shoes
      February 3, 2019 at 8:59 am #

      That he was right about. Gaetani has one assistant Art and he does a bang up job of it.

      • Art Seller
        February 3, 2019 at 11:19 am #

        Thanks Johnny2. Keeping up with the wizard is a full time job. Good that I am semi retired. He also had a stinging commentary in the Beagle Saturday. No can say that the Gman is fearful of anyone. Can anyone think of any politician that the Gman couldn’t tie up in a ball in record time in a debate??? The only person the Gman fears is Kate Dempsey. He says she has to shave off her moustache if she is going to be his campaign manager for President. Once she does this She can take over the campaign. Jest saeeing

  10. Johnny2Shoes
    February 3, 2019 at 11:19 am #

    What is the over/under on Gaetanti running again for the corner office this November? Let’s hope this time he is serious though. Last time out he didn’t hit the pavement knocking on doors, have campaign signs, have fundraisers although with all his dough,he could self finance like Trump did or claimed to have done. He needs to hire a campaign manager, a communications director who can clean up his press release statements so they don’t include F Yourself if you don’t agree with me on where I stand on the issues. Art Seller isn’t cutting it as the communication director. Gaetani needs to stay out of the courts and the BHC during the campaign. Pership might be able to help him out with used campaign signs that can be painted over and apply Gaetani to them as that would save Gaetani a few bucks. And no you can’t use the BHC as campaign headquarters and you would be breaking campaign finance laws if you tried to write that off as a campaign expenditure. Other than that you might just pull it off.

    • Art Seller
      February 3, 2019 at 11:40 am #

      Thanks again johnny2 but I think the Gman has his eye on a much loftier position. However he might run for mayor because he says he needs a vacation. Even on vacation he would accomplish every thing he says during the campaign because we all know the Gman doesnt lie. Imagine a mayor who’s only concern is the taxpayer!!!!How about that!!!!!

  11. Hondurans for Trump
    February 3, 2019 at 12:15 pm #

    Gaetani should run for dog catcher, after all the good water he has brought them,maybe the pets are smarter than the non voters and tell their owners to vote G Man, instead of being played by these gobsigs. Pretty soon the city will be the largest employer. A ton of city employees and retires especially don’t mi d paying with those big fat pensions.

    • Art Seller
      February 3, 2019 at 1:00 pm #

      HTP. As the mayor he will be the Dog catcher. Gman wear many hats. Mayor, Dpw comish, finance mgr. Assessor park comish, stingy with tax dollar, PR spokesman school boss. E!iminate many gobsig positions. Big boss carry big stick bang gobsig over head love tax and rate payer. Make pittsfield very interesting for non gobsig. No more politician lie. Truth only people get rest from big tax. no more incompetent people in positicin robbing taxpayer. Gman bring top drum corps to city for competition and free popcorn for everyone. All city worker ride bike No snow day kids tuff up. Taxpayer treated like gold at CC meeting. Kill rule 27 pittsfield become paradise. Many people come live. VotevGman if he stand for mayer.

  12. Hondurans for Trump
    February 3, 2019 at 12:16 pm #

    Grrrruf sayin…

  13. Johnny Absurd
    February 3, 2019 at 12:56 pm #

    Trump is putting an ICE team at every gate into the super bowl in the hopes of catching illegal football fans. He is going to confiscate their tickets and resell them to fund the border wall.
    MAGA

    Also, his new SPACE FORCE rockets will be doing a fly over at half time in an attempt to drown out MAROON FIVE.

    • Art Seller
      February 3, 2019 at 1:14 pm #

      Johnny A. Thanks for the warning. I’ll be sure to miss the scump Show at half time staring that half wit. Maybe scump will take the wining team in hand cuffs to the white house. Those space vehicles will come in handy to transport them. Scump will feed them bread and water than abandon them. Tomorrow he will tell everyone he served filet mignon and lobster and Xavier and of course his base will believe it it will be lies 8534 thru ,8537. Believe me these SCU!Peter’s will believe it. Sad.

  14. Trump Fellas
    February 3, 2019 at 1:25 pm #

    Trump wants the loser of the Super Bowl to build the wall.

    • Art Seller
      February 3, 2019 at 3:57 pm #

      TF just put a few of those line men on the boarder. They could stop a train. Jest seeding.

  15. amandaWell
    February 3, 2019 at 2:15 pm #

    Come on let’s have some predications. 28- 24 RAMS….

  16. H
    February 3, 2019 at 2:22 pm #

    Fritz pat if u pick the winner of the super bowl no more Dow.

    • Art Seller
      February 3, 2019 at 3:38 pm #

      Here is the Gman prediction for tonights game:: Chiefs 24. Saints 17

      • X-Lachs Lounge
        February 3, 2019 at 4:14 pm #

        Chicken

  17. Nota
    February 3, 2019 at 4:11 pm #

    So you like K C G Man I got N O…. No, seriously Im going Pats to cover also. Sony Michel has monster game for Pats. Brady MVP if not Sony. This game could be over at half time. Picked last 12 Super Bowls……just sayin.

    • Art Seller
      February 3, 2019 at 4:44 pm #

      Nota why didnt you tell me earlier. I could have covered also!!!!

  18. Silent Cal
    February 3, 2019 at 4:15 pm #

    I just got this message from Andrea ( , ) ( , )

    • Art Seller
      February 3, 2019 at 4:45 pm #

      Cal clever. Explain it to fritzy!!!!

  19. Bill Q
    February 3, 2019 at 5:17 pm #

    Fritz isn’t here today. He’s looking for a better water rate.

    • Art Seller
      February 3, 2019 at 5:42 pm #

      Q That idiot will soon be paying more for a glass of tap water than he does for that whisky he drinks that makes him loco Then he will go looking for the Gman but it will be too late The gman will be living on the French Riviara drinking perier .

      • Art Seller
        February 3, 2019 at 6:19 pm #

        I won a bushel on first half. My 17 24 prediction was perfect. Spread of 3 on second number of 4 and 7 equals 3. Second half means nothing to me. I never play win or lose . for fun I pick rams to win if they can take edleman out but either way I think low scoring game. Edleman out higher score for rams. This is a tough game to consider win lose.

  20. Johnny Absurd
    February 3, 2019 at 6:09 pm #

    Trump and Bob Kraft were making out earlier in the week at a private meeting. Kraft loves Trump and Trump is desparte for any friend these days. But Patriots, including Brady, want no part of a White House visit.

    Can you spell E M B A R R A S M E N T for Trump when even his friend wont show up?

    MAGA

    As I predicted a very low scoring game.. two crappy offenses and panicked quarterbacks playing bad football

  21. AgentSmith
    February 3, 2019 at 7:00 pm #

    Well if Capeless was so bad, I wonder why DAAH hired him back as a special prosecutor. It’s hard to vilify the prior DA when you hire him to help you do your job.

    DAAH is also hiring back people released under Capeless and Caccaviello, people released because they weren’t meeting their workload under previous admins. It seems DAAH can’t get her office under control because she has no clue what she’s doing. Expect superior court to be a circus.
    It also seems there are grumblings within the ranks of newly hired professional staff. Two very well placed new hires are reaching out to former employers to see if he/she can find an out and maybe slide back into an old job.

    DAAH continues to be unavailable to most outside her inner circle. New organizations are even more frustrated because Harrington is acting like PR is legitimate news and information.
    “What do they want from me?!?”

    Word is the contract lawyers are eating up the budget faster than they can bring it in.

    The “May letter” included the DAAH typical paranoia, she’s worried about people badmouthing the office. Her paranoia and vindictiveness is unparalleled except by Trump. (That ones for Art)
    Even her most “loyal” staff is beginning to see it now and are not sure how well and how long their employment will last.
    One person in the office said it’s like a “high school mean girls club”. “Andrea’s worries more about her hair (I’m going to go darker so I get more respect) than caseload.
    She’s reached out to a number of law makers and politicians but the calls are not being returned. Deval Patrick please pick up the red courtesy phone.

    • Acute Angina
      February 3, 2019 at 7:37 pm #

      Maybe she should have gone with larger implants.

    • Cicero
      February 4, 2019 at 8:47 am #

      Judy,
      I knew very little about you before you entered the DA’s race. But I knew your candidacy was a fraud as soon as I saw you on the John Krol show, when you refused to utter one word in criticism of DA’s and former DA’s wives trying to strong-arm people critical of their husbands. You didn’t have to make it personal and go overboard, but ignoring such inappropriate behavior completely was most telling. You ran to try to defeat AH, a woman you hate like no other. And then she kicked your butt – twice.

      It’s evident that your hatred has only grown from there and you are now completely unhinged. Oh well, that’s your problem. But your steady stream of “insider” salacious quotes has become laughable. Maybe it’s time to stop embarrassing yourself and move on with your life.

      Just a thought.

  22. X-Lachs Lounge
    February 3, 2019 at 7:22 pm #

    I’m glad i voted for Cacc both times. Many of us saw this coming.

  23. H
    February 3, 2019 at 7:36 pm #

    Everyone loves Andrea.

    • Hung Wang
      February 3, 2019 at 7:40 pm #

      Everyone love G man too much.

      • Art Seller
        February 3, 2019 at 8:48 pm #

        Dr.Wang No one love Gman too much. He ruthless with fat chik. He put on diet they no like Gman after that. Gman look for skinny chik to make medium chik. They love Gman too much after that and Gman have to get rid of. Soon look for medium chik that need no food. Gman not like to buy food for chik. He no fool. Feed chik soon broke. He feed cheap candy to chik and fatten up for Fritz. He love big fat chik. Make him loco then make fool of self on planet. Gman like all chik. Fat medium skinny make no difference buy candy make happy. They vote for gman then Gman say bye bye. Gman no discriminate get rid of all kind chik. Gman good man.

  24. Halo
    February 3, 2019 at 8:50 pm #

    First congrats to Nota on 13 in a row super bowl covers. Amanda you were great on the under. Chris Berman didn’t seem himself, hope he’s ok. Let’s hope our Pats send Trump a message and decline any WH invites. Just sayin

  25. Flogging Molly
    February 4, 2019 at 10:34 am #

    Whoa those are some poker. Thanks for pointing it out as I hadn’t seen the pics. hubba hubba