April 9, 2017
Suspended Suffolk Register of Probate Felix D. Arroyo’s very public battle against the Trial Court is now getting help from some notable Boston pols.
State Sens. Linda Dorcena Forry and Sonia Chang-Diaz, as well as City Council President Michelle Wu, have all donated money in recent weeks to the legal defense fund he set up to pay for his pricey Prince Lobel representation.
Forry, according to finance records, gave $1,000. Wu also chipped in $1,000, while Chang-Diaz gave $500, according to a political aide to Arroyo.
“We want to make sure he has ample representation and that he goes through this process fairly,” Forry told the Herald. “This is an office that has been in turmoil for several years before he even got there, and for them to saddle him with all of that dysfunction is disturbing.
“He was elected by the people,” she added, “and for him to be removed without a process is just absurd.”
Arroyo was suspended in early February, and Trial Court officials have since charged that he was running a badly mismanaged office choked by hundreds of thousands of dollars in unprocessed checks and bins of court cases, some dating back a year, scattered throughout the office.
He, in turn, has claimed he’s the victim of racist and sexist employees who have tried to sabotage him.