Jose Martinez, the court officer in the Lawrence District Court who was recently charged with raping an inmate is in trouble again. This time Martinez is accused of trying to destroy evidence.
According to the Essex County District Attorney’s office, Martinez asked a coworker to find and destroy a cellphone that contained potentially incriminating photos or videos. Apparently Martinez asked a coworker to find a cellphone that was hidden near a judge’s bench in the court. That coworker did find the phone and gave it to the police.
Martinez was charged with witness intimidation, a felony in Massachusetts and was held on a $100,000 cash bail. Because he committed this crime while already on bail Martinez prior bail was revoked and he has been ordered held without bail for the next ninety days.
Judges in Massachusetts have the authority to revoke a bail if someone commits a new offense while the original bail in pending. A bail revocation is serious and leads to automatic jail.
Patrick Donovan is a criminal defense attorney in Quincy. Attorney Donovan is a former prosecutor with experience in over fifty Massachusetts courts. Attorney Donovan offers a free initial consultation to anyone facing criminal charges in Massachusetts.