Attorney Judith Knight Running for Berkshire District Attorney

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LEE, Mass. — Criminal defense attorney Judith Knight has formally announced her candidacy for Berkshire district attorney. 
 
Knight, a former assistant district attorney, has more than 30 years of experience in the criminal justice system prosecuting cases and defending individuals charged with crimes. 
 
She is an advocate of criminal justice reform promoting alternative sentencing for first-time non-violent offenders by imposing a stint of community service, restorative justice, or inpatient treatment for addicts instead of incarceration. Knight wants to end the school to prison pipeline and is committed to fighting the opioid crisis at all levels. 
 
"The DA of any community has to make tough decisions every day. Having tried numerous criminal cases on both sides of the criminal justice system, I have the depth and experience to make good, sound decisions that will keep our community safe and moving forward," Knight said in a statement. "I will enforce the law to keep dangerous criminals behind bars and I will create a comprehensive community outreach task force whose sole purpose is to stop the revolving door at the jail for low-level drug-related and non-violent crimes."
 
Knight said she is committed to increasing racial diversity in the district attorney’s office. She intends to raise awareness on racial bias and will require every staff person at the DA's office to be trained on implicit racial bias. 
 
"This is how change starts," Knight said. "In order to prevent further racial profiling and discrimination for communities of color, individuals at every level of the criminal justice system must educated about these issues." 
 
She said she has seen firsthand that people who are marginalized in society suffer unfairly in the criminal justice system. 
 
Knight plans to be all-inclusive working with low-income populations, the elderly, LGBTQIA, women and children who are victims of domestic abuse and sex trafficking. She will be the District Attorney that changes the way the community experiences the criminal justice system; people will know that they are being treated fairly." 
 

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Man Charged With Child Porn Posts $100K Bail

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A Cheshire man charged with numerous counts of child pornography and sexual assault was released on $100,000 cash bail on Tuesday. 
 
Brian Warner, 37, was ordered to wear a GPS monitoring device and to have no contact with the victim or their family, residence or school and no contact with anyone under the age of 18. 
 
Warner was arraigned on April 11 in Berkshire Superior Court on 51 counts of child abuse after being indicted by a grand jury in March. He has pleaded not guilty. 
 
At the arraignment, the commonwealth moved for a dangerousness hearing and also cash bail in the amount of $100,000 with the following conditions: GPS monitoring, no contact with the victim or their (singular victim-pronoun withheld) family, residence or school and no contact with anyone under the age of 18. 
 
Warner had initially been arraigned in Northern Berkshire District Court in July 21, 2023, and held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing. The dangerousness hearing was held on July 26, at which time he was ordered held on $100,000 cash bail; that was later reduced to $25,000 after a petition to review the bail was filed by the defendant in the Berkshire Superior Court on July 28, 2023.  
 
Warner was able to post said bail and then lived in Cheshire with his father. His last known address prior to arraignment was in Adams.  
 
He was charged with counts of aggravated rape of a child with force, indecent assault and aggravated indecent assault and battery on a child under 14 years, rape and abuse, posing or exhibiting a child in a sexual act and in the nude or a lascivious act, and possession of child pornography. 
 
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