Attorney for Duxbury's Lindsay Clancy has long list of high-profile South Shore clients
PLYMOUTH − From the girlfriend of mobster James “Whitey” Bulger to Boston Red Sox slugger Mo Vaughn, the lawyer hired to represent the Duxbury mother charged in the deaths of her three children has a long list of high-profile clients spanning several decades.
Brockton-based lawyer Kevin Reddington, called the “the affable Reddington” by Boston Magazine, was named by the publication in 2002 as the best criminal defense attorney in the state. The 71-year-old is a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers, an honor reserved for only one quarter of 1% of the trial lawyers in the United States, Canada and Great Britain.
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Reddington is known for his collection of tattoos, including one on his shoulder in Latin reading “Never represent an informant.” Another, on the other shoulder, says “Molon labe,” or “Come and take them,” the ancient Greek equivalent of “Bring it on.” In his office, he has framed newspaper accounts of his trials and shelves holding skulls, swords and daggers. He holds on to evidence after acquittals, including brass knuckles and a Luger pistol.
Reddington has represented many high-profile clients, including Vaughn, who was acquitted of drunken driving in 1998; Michael McDermott, who was found guilty of gunning down seven co-workers at a software company in Wakefield in 2000; and Therese Rogers, a Bridgewater woman accused of murdering her boyfriend by plunging knives into his eyes while he slept. Reddington won that case in 1989 by convincing jurors that Rogers had been abused by Quinn for years, leading to a form of temporary insanity known as battered woman’s syndrome.
Reddington has also represented a number of notable defendants from the South Shore over the years.
First responders discovered Lindsay and Patrick Clancy’s three children unconscious inside the couple's home with obvious signs of trauma on Jan. 24. Two of the children, 5-year-old Cora Clancy and 3-year-old Dawson Clancy, were pronounced dead at the hospital. The third child, an 8-month-old boy named Callan, was flown to Boston Children's Hospital with traumatic injuries. He died Jan. 27.
Lindsay Clancy has been charged with murder and was arraigned in Plymouth District Court on Tuesday. Police say she tried to kill herself after strangling the children.
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At the hearing, Reddington said Clancy was overmedicated for postpartum mental health issues when she strangled her children. He said she's just the latest example of a health care system that often fails women and those with mental illness. He said Clancy was under the care of medical professionals who prescribed her a cocktail of medications that harmed her mental well-being.
Reddington successfully argued against bail for his client Tuesday. Clancy will remain in a Boston hospital, where she is being treated for back injuries Reddington says have left her paralyzed. If she recovers, she'll be on house arrest.
In 2012, Reddington represented former Quincy resident Catherine Greig, the girlfriend of notorious mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger.
Greig fled Boston with Bulger in January 1995, when he was indicted on dozens of racketeering charges. They were arrested in June 2011 in Santa Monica, California.
She pleaded guilty to three counts from her 16 years on the run: conspiracy to harbor Bulger as a fugitive, conspiracy to commit identity theft and identity theft. She was sentenced to eight years in prison and has since completed her sentence.
In 2021, Reddington represented Matthew Potter, of Weymouth, who was charged with manslaughter in the death of Quincy native Chris McCallum and three other assault charges stemming from a night out at the Nickerson American Legion Post in Squantum.
Prosecutors said Potter punched McCallum in a brawl outside the bar, causing him to fall and hit his head, leading to his death.
Potter was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter and not guilty of two counts of sexual assault and one count of assault. Potter was sentenced to between three and four years in state prison.
Zhan Ting "Andy" Huang
Reddington represented Zhan Ting “Andy” Huang, one of two brothers charged with involuntary manslaughter in the deaths of an Iraqi immigrant and his two young children in Quincy.
The brothers were charged in the deaths of Oudah Frawi, his 2-month-old son, Hassan, and his 1-year-old son, Ali, who died in a March 2009 fire at 100 Robertson St., which was owned by the Huang brothers. Frawi’s wife survived the fire.
The family lived in a cramped basement in a building that lacked proper exits. The building was also cited for having two illegal units, no central fire alarm system and no working smoke detectors.
Andy Huang was sentenced to three years in prison and Jason Huang was sentenced to two to three years in prison. Besides the manslaughter charges, they were convicted of wanton or reckless violation of the state building or fire code, and Andy Huang was additionally convicted of perjury.
Reddington is representing a Duxbury man who is facing a murder charge in the death of his father at Island Creek Pond, in which prosecutors said the man dunked his father's head underwater in a type of baptism and exorcism.
Callahan was 19 in 2021 when he was charged with killing his father, 57-year-old Scott Callahan.
Prosecutors said at his arraignment that Jack Callahan told police that he dunked his father's head underwater four to eight times and believed he was baptizing him. The prosecutor said the then-teenager told police that he believed his father was possessed by a spirit and he had to exorcise his demons.
Reddington represented Katherine Dickson, who in 1992 robbed and killed Eero Helin, 72, and Lillian Helin, 65, for drug money in their Pembroke home.
She was also charged in the nonfatal shooting of another man, Mark Walther, six weeks after she killed the couple.
Dickson pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 15 years. Dickson can request parole again in 2024.
Reddington represented a retired drama instructor and former Milton Academy teacher accused of sexually assaulting boys in two states.
Reynold Buono was extradited to the United States from Thailand in 2017 after a district attorney and Milton police investigated allegations by a former student at Milton Academy in the early 1980s.
Buono changed his plea to guilty in September 2022 when faced with two counts of rape of a child with force. He will spend five years on probation; submit a DNA sample; have no contact with victims; have to register as a sex offender; wear a GPS monitor; not go to Milton or Rockingham County, New Hampshire; undergo sex offender treatment; and comply with other conditions.
Material from The Enterprise of Brockton was used in this report.
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