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Murder trial postponed after witnesses stabbed in Boston

Judge ‘outraged,’ fears precedent

Judge Linda Giles said she feared wounds of two men on the witness list were too severe for them to appear. Judge Linda Giles said she feared wounds of two men on the witness list were too severe for them to appear. (MARK GARFINKEL/POOL)
By Brian R. Ballou
Globe Staff / June 8, 2012
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Suffolk Superior Court Judge Linda Giles abruptly ordered a halt to a murder trial today after being told that two witnesses were among the people who were stabbed in downtown Boston Wednesday afternoon. “I am outraged that this could set a precedent that all you have to do to derail a first-degree murder trial in Suffolk Superior Court is to attack some of the participants who are supporters for either side,’’ the judge said from the bench.

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