Plea bargained

Finally Friday. It’s a birthday for Dean Stockwell, Penn Jillette and Teena Marie.

A big name endorsement in the race to fill DeLeo’s seat didn’t have much impact. It might have made things worse.

Massachusetts District Attorneys use a case tracking system called DAMION. Even back in the late 90’s it was outdated. This week, state Auditor Suzanne Bump released a report stating that the DAMION system is outdated. “Where have you been? We’ve been working on this for years,” one District Attorney wrote in an email to CommonWealth Magazine in response to Bump’s report. The DA’s blame a lack of state funding, which is probably true. But from what I’ve seen, the ad-hoc, paper based process in use by most prosecutors is also a big obstacle to effectively computerizing their systems.

Speaking of blame, the CEO of Solarwinds, the computer security company responsible for the largest attack ever on government servers, implied that an intern was responsible for the easily guessed password “solarwinds123” being exploited.

Vaccine passports are now a thing. I’m going to get me one.

And White House press secretary Jen Psaki had to defend the President’s ‘Neanderthal’ comment regarding some state leaders dropping Covid restrictions. I was half expecting an apology to the Neanderthals for the association.

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