As a part of my Meet the Candidate Series, I sat down and talked with Rob Galibois, Candidate for Cape & Islands District Attorney in Massachusetts.
In 1995, Rob began his legal career as a volunteer prosecutor in the Barnstable District Court. During his time as an intern under District Attorney Phil Rollins, He formed relationships with fellow prosecutors, defense attorneys, court staff, police, and members of the Cape community that continue to this day.
After briefly exploring a practice in municipal law, he returned to the Cape and Islands District Attorney’s Office as a full-time prosecutor.
While an Assistant District Attorney, he stood before juries in all the District Courts on the Cape & Islands – Barnstable, Falmouth, Orleans, Nantucket, and Edgartown – as well as the Barnstable Superior Court. He prosecuted the full gamut of cases, from misdemeanors to major felonies, in pursuit of justice and public safety.
In 2003, he ventured into private practice where he continued to grow as a trial lawyer by handling the most serious cases that come before the criminal justice system.
In 2008, he opened his own office and quickly learned the dedication and discipline necessary to maintain a small business. His practice took him to courts across the Cape and Islands, Massachusetts, and the US.
He arrives today with more than 25 years of criminal justice experience, including working as the lead attorney on 15 homicide cases. In addition, he brings business and financial management experience, an extensive foundation of relationships he has built in the legal community, and a strong reputation as a hard-working and professional attorney.
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Transcript – Please note, this Transcript is AI Generated. It has not had the discerning ears of a real human to edit it, as such, there are bound to be a few errors
Rob Galibois 0:00
It’s the opioid crisis that still exists. And the massive elephant in the room down here is that there’s a lack of residential treatment programs.
Jimmy Tingle 0:14
Hey, everybody, this is Jimmy, welcome to another episode of the Jimmy tingle show. That’s right, ladies and gentlemen, we have been turning these shows out since January. And one of the most rewarding aspects of doing these shows is we have the Meet the candidate series, and from time to time we’ve had candidates on talking about why they’re running for office and what they hope to accomplish and who they are and where people can learn more about them. I think it’s good for democracy, and I think it’s good for the state of Massachusetts. So without further ado, let’s introduce our candidate today. His name is Rob a gala Boyce and he is running for District Attorney of the cape and islands ladies and gentlemen, drumroll please, please welcome to the show. The Jimmy tinkle show the one the only Mr. Rob gala boys. Hello, Rob. How are you? Julian? Great, thank you very much. I have to say in my 52 years, I think that was my first and only drum roll. So thank you very much.
Jimmy Tingle 1:09
We have a drum corps backstage.
Jimmy Tingle 1:11
It can’t hear them on the podcast but they’re back there. So when he rob, just tell the listeners a little bit about where you’re from, what have you been doing a professional background etc.
Rob Galibois 1:23
Sure. Thank you. So Jimmy, I live down in Barnstable with my with my wife Nikki. We are recently empty nesters. We have two sons. And our older son is now a junior up at Boston College. And my younger son just started his freshman year down in Duke University. We’ve lived on the cape about 20 years in total between born and Barnstable. And I’ve been a practicing lawyer for about 27 years, both as a prosecutor and a defense attorney. Excellent. And so on the Cape, you’re in the trenches for 20 years on the cape while in with legal work was that obviously the motivating factor for you to run for District Attorney? It definitely is contributing Jimmy I used to be a prosecutor. Like I mentioned, I love the job. And I want to always be able to give back to our communities any way I can. I’ve served previously on different boards, like your planning board, finance committee type of stuff, but I wanted to use my professional skills now to try to give back to my community. Have you ever run for office before? Oh, way back when Jimmy I did a remote area for planning board, but admittedly, I was unopposed so that wasn’t a really big victory there. But
Rob Galibois 2:31
I’m still gonna count it. But I also I ran for Selectmen back in 2001 little factoid, the town of born where we were living was the last town in the entire state to go from full time board of selectmen to part time board. And I ran in 2001 when they made that transition, and I just missed
Jimmy Tingle 2:49
it. Okay, so well, you full time or part time
Rob Galibois 2:52
I was running. I was part time when they went from full time to part time they opened the number of seats that I ran for that position.
Jimmy Tingle 2:58
Oh, cool. Cool. And how was that experience?
Rob Galibois 3:02
Eye opening? Running for local office I it was definitely an eye opening experience.
Jimmy Tingle 3:08
But there’s something that must have been very appealing for you to pursue this level. Now.
Rob Galibois 3:13
No question. I full candor. I love campaigning, being able to sit down with someone in their kitchen or at a coffee shop to talk about the issues. Jimmy there’s nothing better than that. That’s the absolute best. So that’s why I’m doing it now obviously on a bigger scale, running for the cape and islands TAS office and I am truly loving it.
Jimmy Tingle 3:33
Great. So what motivated you to run for that particular seat?
Rob Galibois 3:37
So to give some context to my answer, we have to do a little bit of a history lesson. Okay, the Cayman Islands TAS office. Jimmy was born essentially out of the Chappaquiddick incident that occurred back in July 1969. Yes, so back then Jimmy, the cape and islands da ‘s office was part of the South Coast region where your New Bedford Fall River, Attleboro areas, and Chappaquiddick occurred in July of 1969. The district attorney back then was a guy by the name of Denise, he was down in New Bedford. And as you might imagine, that type of case the DA was getting hit pretty hard from both sides, some saying you’re training too harshly, the other saying you’re treating too lightly. So a gentleman from Mashpee, Massachusetts named Phil Rollins saw an opportunity. Denise was a Democrat. Rollins was a Republican. So Rollins threw his hat in the ring the very next year to run for da against Denise anyone. And the very first thing he did Jimmy was he got with his state legislators to carve out the Cape in the islands as its own DHS office. He was successful in those efforts. 1974 the next election cycle, the DHS office was on the ballot. Rollins one. And Jimmy he carried that see from 74 all the way through 2002. And then yes and then in 2002, his longtime assistant Mike Go Keith picked up the office briefcase and carried it from 2002. All the way to today, essentially, you look at 48 years of the same administration, same Republican administration, 48 years for the cape and islands 48 years, there’s never been a Democrat in this particular seat. So as I’ve been going around saying, Hey, I’m thinking about running for da now, you learn about a tremendous disconnect that’s occurred over 48 years that they’ve settled in, so to speak, and the level of complacency has developed. So I’ve talked about, hey, we need to reengage, and we have to get to know our TAs office and reconnect with them. So I came up with some ideas. As a DA Jimmy, I came up with three specifics, I’m going to hire a community engagement officer, whose full time job is going to be in our community every single day to stay in touch with the people that we serve. We also talk about formulating a community coalition, I gave it a cute name is gonna be the DA and us. And there’s gonna be a DNS. And there’ll be a chapter in every town. And the coalition’s will be made up of local elected officials like Select Board, school committee, and police and regular citizens. And it’s just another way to remain connected. The third way Jimmy’s definitely the most popular people love this 65 employees in the DHS office, every single one, including yours truly is going to commit to four hours of community service.
Jimmy Tingle 6:23
Nice. So you guys are going to be busy. We are
Rob Galibois 6:26
we shouldn’t be busy. We’re serving the public. That’s we shouldn’t be busy.
Jimmy Tingle 6:29
Right? So four hours of community service a week, per month per month are mama. Okay, great. So that’s a lot of that’s a lot of extra manpower, or woman power.
Rob Galibois 6:39
It is and we are staying connected to the people that we stand up in court for so we get to know them and they get to know us.
Jimmy Tingle 6:45
Excellent. So tell me, what are some of the issues that are front and center? First of all, what does the DA do? Because a lot of people, we hear these terms all the time we hear audit, Secretary of State da, AG, but not everybody knows exactly what the role is. So what does the district attorney do? So the district
Rob Galibois 7:05
attorney is the one is the lawyer that stands up in the column in the courtroom to represent the Commonwealth. And essentially a snapshot is when the police charged someone with a crime, the case is then handed off to the DHS office to prosecute that particular case. That’s the essential role. There are some occasions when the DEA themselves might lead an investigation, like a grand jury investigation to present a case in superior court. That’s that’s the basic role.
Jimmy Tingle 7:29
Okay, so somebody gets arrested for whatever, drunk driving or whatever the crime is, you wouldn’t be handling on that micro granular level, would you
Rob Galibois 7:40
know, the position I’m running for as the elected office? So I would have assistants that would carry out those responsibilities.
Jimmy Tingle 7:46
Okay. And then you prosecute on behalf of the state? Yes, yes, that was good assessment. And so then the defendant has to get their own attorney, either appointed by the state or they have a private attorney. Correct. Right. Okay. And does the in these type of situations, does the DEA office ever see the point of view of the other person? And, you know, kind of, say, you know, what, we really don’t think there’s a case here, well, do they have to prosecute with the intensity of 100%? Prosecution?
Rob Galibois 8:15
No, sir. They the district attorney has full discretion. We’ve always talked about how the district attorney has the biggest impact play in the criminal justice system. And I’ve been saying that the DA represents the conscience of the community. I’m the only one in the race. Jimmy that’s done both sides, I was a prosecutor and as a defense attorney, so to your point, I think there’s an intrinsic value have in that type of background, you can analyze a case to see the legalities, whether it’s there, it’s not there, but also matching it up against fundamental fairness, what’s just in this particular case, and I’m not coming at it just from the angle of being a prosecutor.
Jimmy Tingle 8:50
So you could theoretically take the side of the defendant if you felt that they were unjustly accused of something
Rob Galibois 8:55
if there’s something like that, but you also look for a fair and just outcome. The evidence could be there and the person could certainly deserve a certain level of punishment. But you’ve got to be fair, unjust.
Jimmy Tingle 9:05
So what are some of the challenges right now for the next District Attorney for the cape and islands, there’s a few
Rob Galibois 9:13
and the main one, Jimmy, it’s kind of like in every community, it’s the opioid crisis that still exists. And the massive elephant in the room down here is that there’s a lack of residential treatment programs from your mid Cape Town to your Outer Cape area and on each island. So when I go around and take certain meetings, we talked about trying to put a focus group together, where you have your private investors, you’ve got the professionals in the field and local elected officials to try to figure out, Hey, how can we develop some residential treatment programs? Jimmy, this is not a role, usually for the DEA. It’s not a traditional role, but it hasn’t been a traditional time for a long time regarding the opioid crisis.
Jimmy Tingle 9:51
So you wanted to immerse yourself more in that particular issue? Yeah,
Rob Galibois 9:55
it’s needed. It’s still desperately needed. Another thing and This is what I offer is the benefit having been in private practice and practicing beyond the Cayman Islands. Most of my a lot of my practice goes throughout all the Commonwealth mass throughout Massachusetts, Jimmy in virtually every county across Massachusetts. We have specialty district court sessions, and I’m speaking specifically about a mental health session and a veteran session. We don’t have either of those on the cape the islands. And I think it was just last week, it was one of those moments where I literally stopped when I heard it, walking by the television, and a Polish result produced by CNN where it said 90% of Americans agree, first of all, 90% of Americans agreeing Anything is okay. But 90% of Americans believe we’re in a mental mental health crisis right now. So it’s quite prevalent, obviously. So I’ve been trying to push in this campaign about how my administration, we will look to launch a mental health session. Similarly, a veteran session, veterans bring their own uniqueness when they get in the smell in the criminal justice system, and a veteran session, you get to pull in volunteering veterans, from your community to try to help that struggling veteran, these are critical specialty sessions that I’m looking forward to try to get them off the ground on the cape and islands.
Jimmy Tingle 11:10
Great. What about the homeless issue? It seems to have ballooned everywhere. From what I can tell. I was down in Hyannis recently, and people were saying the homeless situation. And I Hannah says, really accelerated.
Rob Galibois 11:24
I completely agree with your observations that that population has grown. Unfortunately, the services have not grown with that particular population. And yes, the underlying current there often deals with mental health concerns and substance abuse concerns, and therefore adds the value to trying to get these mental health courtrooms running. Because every once in a while, as you might imagine, the homeless population gets into some trouble and brought before the justice system.
Jimmy Tingle 11:55
Right. It’s not that they’re particularly dangerous, and I don’t want it mean to stigmatize it. But when people see it, and I think the average person says, How are we treating this? How are we treating this in, in our, in our cities and towns? Right. The other thing I wanted to ask you, do you know of any programs where there’s a restitution component, especially young, young offenders, yeah, they do something, they let’s just say someone steals a car or something and cracks it up, and they’ve done X $2,500 worth of damage or whatever they’ve done in lieu of prosecution in lieu of jail? Is there a system in place where you pay $2,500? Back? Does anything like that exist? Or what do you think of that
Rob Galibois 12:38
there is, and again, going back to how a district attorney enjoys full discretion, so to speak, there’s something known as diversion programs, right. And if the DA is Office, Jimmy gets that layer of comfort set into, you know, knowing that this particular conduct was an aberration, this isn’t really who this person is. And you can work with your victims in the case. And if the victims, of course, are on board with the with it, you can work something out. So the case is diverted from prosecution, therefore, sparing that particular defendant of a record and yet making the victim whole by a restitution payment.
Jimmy Tingle 13:16
And is that a fairly new development, the diversion program, it’s been
Rob Galibois 13:20
around for a while in the juvenile justice system, it matured to the adult system a few years back not too long ago. But I have to acknowledge this. I tried to be a person of logic, and the adult diversion system, Jimmy, a lot of DBAs offices cap it at the age of 21, which I don’t understand that you can be somewhere in your mid to late 20s 30s 40s, or even 50s and make that first mistake. And if you know, the DHS office feels okay, this really is an aberration. We’re not going to see you again, why should your age be determinative of whether or not you qualify for diversion? So in my office, I’ve said I’m not going to cap it at age 21.
Jimmy Tingle 14:01
Okay, so tell me what other issues are front and center and then tell us where people can learn more about you campaign. So
Rob Galibois 14:09
going back to the opioid crisis, on the other side of that, if you will, those that are in the business of profiting from trafficking in heroin and fentanyl, of course, I’m looking to utilize certain tools prosecutorial tools that you’ll find in other DHS offices across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, but not down here in the cape. And there’s a particular statute Jimmy is referred to as the dangerous statute dangerousness statute, that a DA in those types of cases can try to hold someone without bail from the very outset. So they’re not allowed to post a high bail because they keep a cash reserve, and then just go right back into the business of pushing the poison back to the neighborhoods. So that’s something that’s near and dear to my heart to try to tamp down so to speak on these trafficking dealers and heroin and fentanyl and I appreciate the opportunity of Allow me to greet your audience with how to get in touch with me and check out my platform issues. We have a website, if I could be allowed to put it out there. It’s gala boys for da.com and four is fo r. So gala boys for da.com
Jimmy Tingle 15:15
Gala boys for da.com. Well, let me ask you, if we got a little time left a couple other things. So you got the diversion program, I know that you are looking at an innovative approach to this as the first Democrat possibly elected in the district and 48 years, what kind of an effective do you think that’s had on the cape and islands of just having one party in office for 48 years in the same district,
Rob Galibois 15:42
it’s a I go back to complacency. They’ve just been so comfortable in their position for so long, you really do have that breakdown in the relationship between the office and the people that serves of just the overwhelming majority have no idea what the DA does. And I’m actually reminded back Tommy monito, after two or three terms, you would hear that just about every resident in Boston, had that personal story where they had met Tom Menino. And that’s how it shouldn’t be. I mean, the Cayman Islands populations is about a third of the city of Boston. So the people out here in the Cayman Islands should know who their DA is.
Jimmy Tingle 16:22
So Right. That’s what I’m talking about. And the district stretches from Provincetown in the south up to Boston and then over to Martha’s Vineyard, and then tuck it in the in the islands. Well, Rob, it’s been great to have you on today. And again, if people want to find out more about you or your campaign or volunteer or contribute, where did they go?
Rob Galibois 16:42
gala boys for da.com Gala boys for da.com.
Jimmy Tingle 16:47
Bob, thank you so much for joining us continued success, best of luck on election day. And if you are so fortunate to be elected, we’re wishing you the best for the people of the cape and the islands and the general population at large because the tingle show stretches the four corners of the globe, so you never know who you will positively affect. Thank you so much. Thank you so much. Have a good one. You too. Thank you for joining us today. This has been a humor for humanity production. Our mission is your mission humor for humanity. Jimmy tango.com Thank you