Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


July 4, 2013

Law school dean turns Bulger, Hernandez analyst

An associate dean at Massachusetts School of Law is finding himself weighing in on some high-profile news events these days.

Michael Coyne, who is also a professor at the law school, is serving as NECN’s legal analyst on reputed mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger’s trial. And last week, he also started commenting on the case against former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, who has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd.

Coyne has been providing his analysis of the Bulger trial from the start. Weighing in on the first day of the trial, he said, “The government’s case could best be described as if you’re going to try the devil, you go to Hell to get the witnesses, and Whitey is in complete agreement that they’ve gone to Hell to get the witnesses against him here with a collection of murderers, rapists and drug dealers who poisoned their own community in an attempt to get the jury to find him guilty.”

Appearing on NECN’s coverage of the trial on June 17, Coyne addressed the appearance of former hit man John Martorano, who had taken the stand against his former friend the day before.

“What the government is trying to do is what we call `draw the sting,’” Coyne said. “They need to lay out all their dirty laundry before they can really put some more meat on it to show the jury some of what he says is worthwhile as to Whitey.”

At Massachusetts School of Law, Coyne teaches courses in Trial Skills, The Courts and Evidence. A graduate of Boston Latin School, Boston State College and Suffolk University Law School, he previously practiced law for many years in Boston, trying cases in the state and federal courts. He has been a trial attorney for many years and specializes in complex litigation.

Text Only | Photo Reprints

    U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES/Courtesy photo Dr. Howard Koh will step down as U.S. assistant secretary for health after five years to rejoin Harvard School of Public Health this fall in a new position in its Department of Health Policy and Management.

    Koh to rejoin Harvard School of Public Health Posted 11 days ago 1 Photo
  • 48 locals to pedal in Pan-Mass Challenge Posted 11 days ago

    Courtesy photo Hannah Currie is spending 10 days this summer becoming immersed in the music industry at GRAMMY Camp in Los Angeles.

    Currie hits note at LA's GRAMMY Camp Posted 11 days ago 1 Photo
  • South Church names new senior pastor Posted 18 days ago

    COURTESY PHOTO Andover residents Patrick James, left, Adam Geaslen, Ryan Byrd and Dan Bryant claimed first place at the 35th annual Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence Golf Tournament at Indian Ridge Country Club in town.

    Local foursome aces Boys & Girls Club tourney Posted 18 days ago 2 Photos

    COURTESY PHOTO The Marble sisters --Anna, 8, left, and Isabel, 11 -- post-donatin to Locks of Love.

    Sisters pair up to donate pony tails to Locks of Love Posted 18 days ago 4 Photos
  • AT HOST1

    DESI SMITH/Staff photo Former Andover residents Dana Cohen and his wife, Ginny, back, left, have regularly hosted foreign exchange students since 1989. Farrah Moussa, back right, from Egypt, and Paula Valverde, front right, from Spain, are the latest students to spend a year with the Cohens, who now live in Gloucester.

    Former Andover couple welcomes exchange students for quarter-century Posted 18 days ago 4 Photos
  • Thursday, July 3, 2014
  • LENO1

    FILE PHOTO Jay Leno, who honed his comedy skills growing up in Andover, will receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor this fall during a performance at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington.

    In good comedy company Posted 25 days ago 2 Photos

    ACT 3.jpg Susan Stott, third from left, accepts the Opening Doors to Affordable Housing in Andover Award from Andover Community Trust directors, from left, Don Schroeder, treasurer; John Pearson, president; and Joan Johnson, clerk.

    Affordable housing advocates honored Posted 25 days ago 2 Photos

    Salim Tabit

    Townspeople in the News Posted 25 days ago 1 Photo

Pictures of the Week