Behind the Curtain

Harry Spence’s questions for Judge Nesi’s use in his investigation of Félix

Félix’s statement to the media after the withdrawal of judicial nominee Linda Medonis.

Félix’s statement to the media following his interview with Judge Nesi at the Brooke Courthouse on April 3, 2017.

Félix’s response to both the February 3, 2017 letter notifying him that Harry Spence made the unilateral decision to suspend Félix and Harry Spence’s January 27, 2017 letter threatening Félix. In Harry Spence’s February 3, 2017 letter, Harry informed Félix of his unilateral decision to suspend Félix from his democratically-elected position without due process. Harry Spence’s disrespectful, misleading and unprofessional letter to Félix, dated January 27, 2017, shows his heavy-handed tactics by threatening Félix. In Félix’s response he not only corrects Harry Spence’s misleading statements but he clearly lays out his case and, as a result, shows how unjust the suspension was in the first place.

Harry Spence’s suspension letter to Félix. Harry Spence’s letter to Félix informing Félix of his decision to unilaterally suspend Félix without due process and without any evidence for the ridiculous claims he makes. Additionally, this letter informs Félix there will also be an investigation. Félix has consistently called for this investigation to be open to the public, however Spence has insisted that it take place outside of public view.

Harry Spence’s letter to Félix, dated January 27, 2017. Not only is this letter misleading, disrespectful, and unprofessional but Félix only received it after he was suspended. Despite the fact that Félix worked at the Registry, Harry Spence decided to mail it to Félix’s home address instead of to his office. This letter was mailed to an old home address for Félix. By the time it was forwarded to Félix’s current home address, Félix was already suspended. Additionally, this letter is a response to an e-mail that Félix sent Spence and others on December 27, 2016. Harry Spence has never explained why it took him a month to respond.

Attorney Walter Prince’s response to Harry Spence – Feb. 10, 2017 Letter to Harry Spence from Félix’s attorney, Walter Prince, hand-delivered to Harry Spence on February 10, 2017. This letter from Walter Prince begins to lay out Félix’s case. It very respectfully makes vital requests for information from Harry Spence. To this date, we are still waiting for the complete demographic information requested. In this letter, Walter Prince makes it clear that Félix wants a fair, independent and transparent investigation that is open to the public. Harry Spence continues to deny our request for a public investigation and has chosen to conduct this investigation out of the public view. In spite of the Trial Court’s statement printed in the Boston Herald, Wednesday, March 1, 2017 that they have given Félix’s attorney all the information he requested in this letter, they have not.

Email from Félix on December 27th to Harry Spence and others. This email respectfully and professionally lays out Félix’s concerns about his belief that his statutory rights as the elected Register were being violated. It also includes a request to receive regular updates from the temporary Manager of Court Operations that Harry Spence selected and placed in his office, a request that he made repeatedly. Félix never received an update from the temporary Manager of Court Operations. Finally, Félix demands that he not be excluded from hiring staff assigned to the registry. In spite of this request, the Trial Court did indeed hire staff assigned to his registry without including Félix in the process. This is the email Harry Spence responded to, a month later, in his January 27th letter.

Félix’s letter to Harry Spence on October 7, 2016 detailing the short term agreements they made during a joint planning process to bring in a temporary First Assistant that will focus on Registry operations until a permanent First Assistant is identified and hired. A temporary employee selected by Spence was assigned to the registry, however the Trial Court chose to use the title Manager of Court Operations instead of Temporary First Assistant.

Letter from Harry Spence dated October 31, 2016 accepting the terms of Félix’s October 7, 2016 letter and making no revisions to the agreements Félix described.

Statement made by Félix on October 17th, to the staff at the Registry and Trial Court Administrators that were present, introducing the temporary Manager of Court Operations, selected by Harry Spence, and the reasons Félix agreed to it. Harry Spence was present.

The incomplete staffing and demographics data that Félix requested through his Lawyer on February 10, 2017. This information shows staffing and demographics data for the Suffolk County Registry of Probate and Family Court since 2007. It clearly shows that the diversity in the office nearly doubled under as a result of Félix’s leadership. It also shows that the staff size in the registry during Félix’s tenure was 2/3 of what it had been just ten years earlier. Harry Spence only provided information from 2007. Félix requested it from 1997 to February 2017. Félix also requested job titles and that was also not provided.

The 2014 election results for Register of Probate and Family Court. By winning that election, Félix became the first Latino ever elected to a county-wide position in Massachusetts and the first person of color ever elected to the office of Register of Probate and Family Court in Suffolk County.