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Framingham Law Day speaker: Freedom of the press is a pillar of democracy

Sarah E. Abbott, Ph.D., Jail Diversion Program Director receives award

Norman Miller
The MetroWest Daily News
April 25, 2019

Freedom of speech - the power of a free media - is essential to the United States to function as a society, radio personality Dan Rea said Thursday in Framingham District Court.

Rea, host of WBZ NewsRadio’s “Night Side,” was the keynote speaker during the court’s Law Day on Thursday. He spoke to about 30 high school students from Framingham, Holliston and Natick who attended the annual event.

“I believe there’s a triangle that really is very important for the foundation of this country,” said Rea, also longtime television reporter and a bar-certified lawyer. “They are the law, politics and journalism.”

Law Day is a national program in which courts throughout the country participate. It’s designed to educate high school students and others about the court system. This year’s theme was “Free Press, Free Speech,” Framingham District Court Judge David Cunis said.


Retired Ashland Police Chief Craig Davis and Dr. Sarah Abbott, director for the Jail Diversion Program at Advocates in Framingham, were awarded the Judge Robert C. Campion Award for Community Service for the work they did for starting the Jail Diversion Program in Framingham in 2003, and expanding it throughout the state.