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Second Pittsfield trial attorney declares candidacy for DA

Mar 11, 2022 12:45 am

The Berkshire Eagle is reporting longtime Pittsfield, Mass.-based trial attorney Timothy J. Shugrue Wed., Mar. 9, announced that he is a candidate for Berkshire district attorney. He made the announcement in a Facebook post with a photo of himself and his wife at the door of the Registrar of Voters in Pittsfield City Hall. "I enter this race to make Berkshire County a safe place for all the residents of our county," he wrote. "I’m committed to providing experience, integrity and justice for all." Shugrue is a former assistant district attorney in Springfield, Mass., and he touted his 36 years of experience as a trial lawyer, including 28 years in private practice. Shugrue said he is also the founder of the The Kids' Place, which provides services for children who are victims of domestic violence. Incumbent Berkshire District Attorney Andrea Harrington has not formally announced her candidacy, but has signaled her intention to run again. Harrington gained notoriety last summer when she took the unusual step of calling the judge who regularly presides over her district court cases a “significant threat to public safety” and asked Judge Jennifer Tyne’s bosses to remove her from the bench. Harrington’s bid failed when the chief justice of the court system said he could find “no factual basis” to support the allegations, claims that ranged from “dangerous rulings” to “hostile treatment of victims and prosecutors” in the DA’s office. Defense attorney and former prosecutor Robert Sullivan is also running. Read the full story in the Berkshire Eagle.