Sutter Press Conf  072011 GN

Bristol County District Attorney Sam Sutter

BOSTON — Massachusetts’s newest mayor has taken the oath of office in front of a standing room only crowd.  

Bristol District Attorney Sam Sutter was sworn in as Fall River’s mayor on Tuesday.  

Sutter, who previously ran unsuccessfully for Congress, defeated Will Flanagan in a recall election earlier this month.   

His office is currently prosecuting former New England Patriots’ player Aaron Hernandez, who has pleaded not guilty to murder.  

Sutter plans on stepping down as district attorney after meeting with Gov. Deval Patrick this week and recommending a successor. He says he is confident with the prosecution team assigned to the Hernandez case.  

Issues in the recall election included fire department layoffs and costs of a trash program. A city councilor also alleged Flanagan tried to intimidate him with a gun, which Flanagan denied.

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