Hennigan, Staff Called Before State Ethics Commission

Several workers at the Suffolk Superior Criminal Court report being called before the State Ethics Commission last week for an alleged investigation into the conduct of the Court’s Clerk, Maura Hennigan.

Two sources, which chose to remain anonymous due to the sensitive nature of the ongoing investigation, said that they had been questioned by the Ethics Commission.

One source said that the Commission has been asking about campaign violations and other potential ethics violations.

“They do have a lot of questions about what’s been going on here,” said the source. “They’re mostly asking about the same stuff the (Campaign) Finance Commission looked into.”

Hennigan told the Boston Globe on Monday that she had received a letter from the Ethics Commission about them looking into the matters brought up by the state Office of Campaign and Political Finance investigation.

That investigation concluded earlier this year and resulted in a fine for Hennigan, who said that court workers were preparing campaign materials during work hours in the courthouse last November. However, she indicated that she did not know they were doing such things, and did not condone it.

The Ethics Commission has a long-standing practice of neither confirming nor denying any ongoing investigation.

Suffolk Superior Court serves at the trial court for all major cases in Chelsea, Revere, Winthrop and Boston.

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