Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

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December 5, 2013

Officer accused of DWI crash resigns

Robitaille still facing Jan. 9 court hearing

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Peter Caruso of Andover, the attorney for The Andover Townsman, has filed a motion to intervene in the court proceedings and open them to the public. The motion argues that the case is “one of special public significance,” and “the legitimate interest of the public outweighs the right of privacy of the accused,” Caruso wrote in the motion.

Traditionally, clerk magistrate hearings on applications for criminal complaints are closed. The two parties in the case typically argue their positions, and the magistrate issues a decision to issue a criminal complaint or deny the application without it ever becoming public, according to Caruso.

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