Retired Judge Says Superintendent Trial Required 'High Burden of Proof' | WCAI

Retired Judge Says Superintendent Trial Required 'High Burden of Proof'

Feb 19, 2016

A district court judge stepped in and ruled that there was not sufficient evidence for a jury to render a guilty verdict in the case of Mashpee Superintendent of Schools Brian Hyde. Hyde was on trial this week to face trespassing and breaking and entering charges that stemmed from his early-morning visit to a student home. Hyde said he was performing a residency check. Hyde is still on paid administrative leave.
Credit Mashpee Public Schools website

The misdemeanor case against Mashpee Superintendent Brian Hyde ended this week when a judge ruled there wasn't enough evidence to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. The judge made this so-called 'directed verdict' despite the fact that it was a jury trial.

Hyde was charged with trespassing and breaking and entering after resident Marilyn King accused him of entering her home without permission last fall during a residency check for her daughter who was re-enrolling in the high school. He apologized in a letter to the editor yesterday.

WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with retired Orleans District Court Judge Brian Merrick to get his analysis of the ruling.