Boston: Court rejects new trial for doctor in wife death

The highest court in Massachusetts has turned down a request for a new trial for a Wellesley doctor convicted of killing his wife after she discovered his secret life of prostitutes and pornography.

Lawyers for Dirk Greineder argued that Greineder was entitled to a new trial because his constitutional right to confront witnesses against him was violated when a supervisor testified on behalf of the DNA analyst who actually performed testing in the case.

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that Greineder’s lawyers “had a meaningful opportunity to cross-examine” the supervisor who testified and their client is not entitled to a new trial.

The SJC had previously rejected that argument, but reconsidered it at the instruction of the U.S. Supreme Court, which cited its recent rulings on DNA testimony.

Greineder has a South Shore tie: for several years he saw patients at the South Shore Medical center in Norwell, for allergy and asthma care.



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