Superior Court judge arrested in Hudson is placed on paid administrative leave

Written by Martin Walsh

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A superior court judge in Massachusetts was arrested for assault and battery on Wednesday after she attacked her wife inside their home.

Judge Shannon Frison, who was appointed by former Democratic Governor Deval Patrick in 2012, allegedly “forcibly grabbed” her wife’s hair and yanked her head back during an altercation at their residence.

Making matters even more shocking, the wife was reportedly holding a young child when the Democratic Judge was trying to assault her.

Police reported that while the Democrat was being arrested for assault and battery, she was trying to evade arrest, demanded the officers take their hands off her, and yelled, “I’m a superior judge, you can’t arrest me!”


Well, she was very wrong about that given police hauled her off in handcuffs.

Telegram reports:

Judge Shannon Frison, 49, of Hudson forcefully grabbed the victim by the hair during an argument at their home in Hudson on Sunday night, pulling the victim’s head backward while the woman held a minor, according to police documents.

Police reported that after being handcuffed by an officer, Judge Frison said, “Don’t touch me. Get your hands off of me,” and, “I’m a superior judge, you can’t arrest me.”

Judge Frison was arraigned Monday in Marlboro District Court. A spokesman for the Massachusetts Trial Court said she has been placed on paid administrative leave.

According to Hudson Police Department documents, officers went to Chestnut and Brook streets about 7:30 p.m. Sunday after receiving reports about an upset woman holding a child walking in the road.

A witness, who was walking his dog, told police that he saw a woman speed down the street in a silver BMW, cutting in front of the woman holding the child to block her path.

The driver screamed at the woman, sped away, then returned, yelling, “Now you have this white boy with his dog protecting you,” according to the witness.

Frison is the second Democratic official to be arrested in less than a week.

Last week, a Democratic mayor from Massachusetts was arrested on charges that he conspired to extort hundreds of thousands of dollars from companies seeking to operate marijuana businesses.

Federal authorities say Fall River Democratic Mayor Jasiel Correia accepted cash bribes in exchange for issuing official letters needed to obtain a license to set up a pot business.

The Department of Justice states that at least four business owners paid a total of $600,000 in bribes to the mayor — and he used the money to fund a lavish lifestyle and cover his own mounting legal bills.

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