For Immediate Release - February 25, 2010

Statement of Attorney General Martha Coakley on Norfolk District Attorney William Keating's Inquest into the Bishop Case

BOSTON - Today, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley issued the following statement regarding Norfolk District Attorney William Keating's announcement that his office will initiate an inquest into the 1986 death of Seth Bishop in Braintree:

"Over the past several weeks it has become clear that there was a need for an independent third party review of what happened at the Bishop home in Braintree in December 1986. A Massachusetts statute allows for the District Attorney or the Attorney General to call for an inquest by the District Court. We are pleased that District Attorney Keating has initiated this inquest and believe it is the appropriate course of action, particularly since his office, in cooperation with the State Police, has already commenced an investigation into the facts and circumstances of this tragic shooting."