The recent death of Springfield District Court Judge William Boyle has people talking about health concerns at the Hampden County Courthouse. Judge Boyle died from ALS, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Six years earlier, Judge Robert Kumor, who occupied the same chambers as Judge Boyle, also died of ALS. These deaths have raised concerns about potential health hazards at the Springfield courthouse.
Despite longstanding complaints about conditions in the building, Massachusetts only recently began monitoring the air and water quality. While many local officials are calling for construction of a new courthouse, no commitment has yet been made by the state. Ray Hershel sat down with State Senator James Welch and Hampden County Clerk of Courts Laura Gentile to find out more about the health concerns at the building and what happens next.