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January 30, 2004




Governor Mitt Romney today appointed David F. Capeless to the position of District Attorney for Berkshire County, citing his extensive prosecutorial background and the need to provide continuity in the office so as not to jeopardize ongoing cases.


Romney made the appointment in accordance with the Governor’s constitutional power to fill the vacancy created by last month’s sudden death of former District Attorney Gerard Downing. Capeless has been First Assistant District Attorney under Downing since 1991.


Romney noted there are three capital murder cases pending in Berkshire County in which Capeless is expected to be the lead prosecutor, and that there are other major felony cases he is overseeing.


“First and foremost, David Capeless is a highly-regarded professional prosecutor. He knows intimately the operations of the office and is well respected by fellow prosecutors, police officers and his many other colleagues in the criminal justice system,” said Romney.


“I’m also concerned that we do not undermine the administration of justice in Berkshire County. Public safety and service to victims must come first. For that reason, David Capeless is the best choice to continue the work of the office on an interim basis,” Romney added.


The Governor will administer the oath of office to Capeless once a routine background check is completed. Capeless will serve on an interim basis as Berkshire District Attorney until the next election in November 2004, when he has the option to seek the office in his own right.


“I am gratified by the confidence Governor Romney has placed in me, and grateful for the support and encouragement that people throughout Berkshire County have offered to me these past six weeks,” said Capeless.


Prior to his service as First Assistant District Attorney in Berkshire County, Capeless was an Assistant District Attorney in Middlesex County for eight years, from 1982 to 1990. In 1996, he was named Prosecutor of the Year by the Massachusetts District Attorneys Association.


Capeless is a graduate of Boston College Law School (J.D., 1982) and the University of Pennsylvania (B.A., 1974).




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