Edmund Dinis

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Edmund Dinis
Southern District Attorney
In office
Personal details
Born (1924-10-04)October 4, 1924
São Miguel Island, Azores[1]
Died March 14, 2010(2010-03-14)
Dartmouth, Massachusetts
Profession Attorney

Edmund Dinis (October 4, 1924 – March 14, 2010) was an American prosecutor and politician from Massachusetts.

Born in the Azores, Dinis and his family emigrated to the United States and settled in New Bedford, Massachusetts. After graduating from high school, Dinis served in the United States Army during World War II. He then studied law at Suffolk University and was admitted to the Massachusetts bar. Dinis also went to the University of Chicago and to the Harvard University Graduate School of Public Administration. He served as district attorney for Bristol County, Massachusetts, from 1959 to 1971. He later served as treasurer for Bedford County. Dinis prosecuted the Chappaquiddick incident involving Senator Ted Kennedy. Prior to becoming a prosecutor, Dinis served on the New Bedford City Council in 1862 and 1963 and in the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1949 to 1950 and the Massachusetts State Senate from 1961 to 1956. Dinis was a Democrat. Dinis also owned the radio station WJFD-FM. His father Jacinto F. Diniz also served in the Massachusetts General Court.[1][2][3][4] Dinis died on March 14, 2010, in Dartmouth, Massachusetts. He was 85.


  1. ^ a b DENNIS HEVESI (March 20, 2010). "Edmund Dinis, Prosecutor in Chappaquiddick Case, Dies at 85". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ "Edmund Dinis dies, prosecutor in Chappaquiddick case", Washington Post, March 17, 2010
  3. ^ Edmund Dinis-obituary
  4. ^ '1953-1954 Public Officials of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts,' Irving N. Hayden-Massachusetts Senate clerk and Lawrence Grove-Massachusetts House of Massachusetts House of Representatives-clerks. Biographical Sketch of Edmund Dinis, pg. 50

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