Laurel J. Sweet, Boston Herald

Laurel J. Sweet

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Past articles by Laurel:

Sentencing of retired trooper convicted in OT scandal halted after he offers to help investigators

A federal judge postponed sentencing one of eight former state troopers convicted in the Massachusetts Turnpike overtime scandal after Daren DeJong's attorneys made the bombshell disclosure he has been secretly assisting Attorney General Maura Healey's parallel investigation of Troopergate. → Read More

‘Sorry’ California couple are first parents to plead guilty in college admissions scandal

A wealthy West Coast real estate magnate and his wife today became the first of 33 parents charged so far in the nationwide college admissions scandal to declare themselves guilty before a federal judge. → Read More

Health inspector testifies she felt 'uneasy' in Florida spa linked to Kraft prostitution charges

An inspector for the Florida Department of Health testified Tuesday she felt increasingly uneasy after police sent her into the Orchids of Asia Day Spa alone last year on the pretext of a routine check for rats, roaches and red flags of illegal human habitation. → Read More

Kraft’s lawyers demand prosecutors give up ‘favorable’ info from prostitution probe

Lawyers for Robert Kraft filed an emergency motion today asking a Florida judge to demand prosecutors turn over any "favorable" information they possess from the investigation of Orchids of Asia Day Spa ahead of Tuesday's hearing on their ongoing fight to keep jurors from seeing alleged surveillance video of the New England Patriots' owner engaged in sex with strip-mall prostitutes. → Read More

Judge urges lawyers on college admissions scandal case to protect children’s privacy

A federal judge in Boston today urged scores of defense attorneys working on the college admissions scandal to take extra care when preparing and sharing materials not to divulge highly sensitive information about the uncharged children at the heart of the blockbuster case. → Read More

Natick attorney launches ’emergency’ defense fund for indicted Judge Joseph

A Natick lawyer who believes state Judge Shelley M. Joseph has been bulldozed into a financial crisis by her indictment Thursday on charges she hindered a federal immigration investigation has launched a fundraising campaign to help pay for her defense. → Read More

Methuen police arrest 2 Canadian men in New Hampshire ATM heists

Two Canadian men are expected to appear in Lawrence District Court Monday on charges they were stealing from ATMs in New Hampshire while headquartered in a hotel room in Methuen. → Read More

Nathan Carman’s lawyers question jurisdiction in aunts’ ‘slayer’ suit

Nathan Carman's lawyers are asking a probate judge to reconsider whether a family fight over his grandfather's $44 million estate is properly being adjudicated in New Hampshire, where the dispute is scheduled to head to trial in little more than a month. → Read More

Authorities: Pittsfield man fatally shot during turkey hunting outing

A 44-year-old Pittsfield man was fatally shot Saturday during a youth turkey hunt in Great Barrington, the town's police chief said. → Read More

Police report one dead in early morning Mattapan Square car crash

Boston police are investigating a single-car crash they said left one man dead in Mattapan Square early this morning. The crash occurred at Blue Hill Avenue and Fairview Street shortly before 1:30 a.m. Police said the victim, whose identity was not immediately released, was pronounced dead at the scene. → Read More

Massachusetts judge who allegedly helped suspect skirt ICE is charged by feds

A Massachusetts judge was indicted Thursday for allegedly helping a Dominican national who had illegally entered the country slip out a back door of a courthouse to escape from an ICE agent waiting in the lobby. → Read More

Massachusetts judge who allegedly helped suspect skirt ICE is charged by feds

A Massachusetts judge was indicted Thursday for allegedly helping a Dominican national who had illegally entered the country slip out a back door of a courthouse to escape from an ICE agent waiting… → Read More

Feds charge judge, court officer with helping suspect escape ICE

A state judge is expected to self-surrender to federal authorities later today on staggering charges she helped a Dominican national in the country illegally for a third time and facing drug charges give a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent the slip. → Read More

Feds ask to move up Felicity Huffman’s change of plea hearing to May 13

The U.S. Attorney's Office is asking to move up actress Felicity Huffman's highly anticipated change of plea hearing in the college admissions cheating scandal one week to May 13. → Read More

Lowell teen critical after police say he was thrown from back of pickup truck

A 17-year-old boy suffered traumatic injuries that left him fighting for his life Wednesday night after police said he was thrown from the bed of a pickup truck being driven erratically in the parking lot of a Tyngsborough sandwich shop. → Read More

Former University of Texas tennis coach pleads guilty to fraud in college admissions racket

A former men's tennis coach at the University of Texas pleaded guilty today to taking $100,000 in bribes in connection with the nationwide college admissions cheating scandal, telling a federal judge in Boston he has been on medication to curb his anxiety and get through the nights since his arrest last month. → Read More

Appeals Court denies Boston entrepreneur share of $65 million Facebook settlement

A past business partner of social networking tycoons Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss is not entitled to a cut of the $65 million in cash and stocks they received from Facebook because their relationship ended years before the twins settled their legal differences with former Harvard classmate Mark Zuckerberg, the state Appeals Court ruled today. → Read More

Florida judge seals alleged Kraft prostitution tapes until trial starts or case is resolved

A Florida judge today ordered controversial police surveillance tapes allegedly showing New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft romping with prostitutes in a strip-mall massage parlor be kept under lock and key until a jury is seated or his criminal case is otherwise resolved by plea agreement or because his charges are dropped. → Read More

Former Pats linebacker asks judge to block occupation of Wrentham dream house

Former New England Patriots linebacker Matthew Chatham and his wife Erin are asking a judge to temporarily block a family they suspect may be moving into a new home in Wrentham that's at the heart of a federal copyright lawsuit the couple has had pending since 2017. → Read More

Boston police arrest woman, teen, seize two firearms in Dorchester

Officers assigned to the Boston Police Department's Youth Violence Strike Force and SWAT team recovered a 9mm Marlin Firearms Model 9 rifle and a 12-gauge Mossberg 500A shotgun while executing a search warrant at a home on Michigan Avenue in Dorchester Monday morning, police said. → Read More