Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Officer Jeremiah J. Hurley Jr

Seventeen years ago today, Officer Jeremiah Hurley gave his life in his service as a Boston police officer.

Officer Jeremiah Hurley was killed while investigating a call regarding a suspicious package in a residential neighborhood. During the investigation the package exploded, killing him and wounding the other officer on the scene. The bomb had been attached to the bottom of a car and fell off in the driveway.
The bomb builder was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment, but that conviction was overturned and he was re-sentenced in 2007 to serve 37 years.
Officer Hurley had served with the agency for 23 years. He was survived by his wife, two daughters, two stepsons, and two grandchildren.


Anonymous said...

Two men were convicted for his death. Earlier this year, a federal appeals court upheld the original double-life sentence for one of them. The other one was released in 2002.

morrisonbonpasse said...

Thank you for marking the 16th anniversary of the 28 October 1991 death of Boston Police Dept. Bomb Squad Officer Jeremiah Hurley. He had just turned 50 that year. The bomb that killed him also maimed his Bomb Squad partner, Francis Foley, who has since retired on a disability retirement.
Compounding that double tragedy was the prosecution and conviction of two innocent men, Alfred W. Trenkler and Thomas A. Shay, for procuring dynamite and allegedly building and placing the bomb. As is made clear in the book, "Perfectly Innocent", which is posted on the website, www.alfredtrenklerinnocent.org, neither man had any role with the bomb whatsoever.
Although the Courts recently upheld Alfred's sentence, those rulings had nothing to do with his claim of wrongful conviction, and his habeas corpus motion in support of that claim is now before Judge Rya Zobel of the U.S. District Court.
Recently, two of the jurors in Trenkler's case have written to Judge Zobel to say that they now believe they made a mistake in voting to convict Trenkler at his 1993 trial. They asked for the Judge to help obtain true justice in this case.
Supporters of the innocence of Trenkler and Shay have been asking the Boston Police Dept, the ATF and the U.S. Attorney's office to begin a preliminary reinvestigation of the case. With a few inquiries to a few people, and the checking of a few documents, it can be shown that the case against Shay and Trenkler was built upon misunderstandings and a few lies. See www.alfredtrenklerinnocent.org.
The manuscript of the book, "Perfectly Innocent" has been available for over a year and been posted online and been sent to the investigative agencies, but no one has yet challenged the facts presented in that book.

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