Today in Suffolk Superior Court, room 304, Judge Connolly presiding, the Open Meeting Law case started.
Because the burden of proof is on the defendants to prove their innocence, they present their evidence first. This is different from typical law because the framers of the statute understood that the public is at a disadvantage about knowing what goes on if people are not meeting in the prescribed manner of Open Meetings.
Councilor Feeney was the first witness called. She explained how she changed the pay categories and the pay scales for a large number of municipal employees on her own without speaking to the Mayor or any other councilor or anyone else. According to her, no councilors asked her any questions or requested information and no questions were asked of her at the Boston City Council meeting on May 3, 2006 when the pay raises for the council, the mayor and a large number of city workers were approved in 6 minutes.
Councilor Turner was the second witness. His testimony was short.
Tomorrow, defense counsel has informed the court that Councilors Murphy, Ross and Flaherty will take the stand.