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August 20, 2013

Local rep. calls for DA to resign


“They had a victim who wasn’t going to prosecute the case, who didn’t want to necessarily pursue the restraining order,” Coyne said. “They’re looking at it that the victim themselves doesn’t see them as dangerous. Without that testimony, it would have been very unlikely to have the court hold him on the basis of being dangerous to the community.”

Meanwhile, Ryan’s office is rejecting the call for her resignation.

In a statement, district attorney spokeswoman Stephanie Guyotte said Lyons’ message is “an unfortunate attempt to politicize a tragic situation. Our focus is on prosecuting the person responsible for killing Jennifer and seeking justice for her and her family.”

Though she didn’t address Lyons’ call for Ryan’s resignation, Attorney General Martha Coakley did call yesterday for a re-examination of the state’s domestic violence laws.

“It is my understanding that District Attorney Marian Ryan is conducting a full review of all the circumstances of this case, as should be done. It is important to get all the facts to determine what, if anything, could have been done differently,” she said. “It also is time to re-examine the domestic violence laws in this Commonwealth to determine if there are changes that can better protect victims.”

Gov. Deval Patrick, who appointed Ryan, a Democrat, had no comment on her handling of the case.

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