Tracey Cusick has served as an assistant district attorney at the office of Norfolk County District Attorney William R. Keating for more than ten years. She is assigned primarily to the Appeals Unit where she handles cases including first degree murder, sexual assault, and civil commitment of sexually dangerous persons. She has written more than 85 briefs and has argued more than 50 times before the Massachusetts Appeals and Supreme Judicial Courts in cases that include constitutional issues and statutory interpretation. Tracey also prosecutes cases in the trial courts and serves as co-counsel at trials of serious felonies and cases where defendants claim lack of criminal responsibility. She participates in mental health commitments, assists police with search warrants, and has handled civil asset forfeiture proceedings.
Tracey has been involved in animal cruelty prosecutions since 2001, when she obtained a court order that served to resolve the legal status of 49 cats seized in a hoarding case. With the support of District Attorney Keating, Tracey actively seeks assignment to animal cruelty cases arising in Norfolk County. She has successfully argued for the imposition of committed jail time and for pre-trial and post-conviction probationary terms prohibiting defendants from contact with animals. Since 2004, when the Massachusetts legislature made animal cruelty a felony, Tracey has obtained grand jury indictments in three animal cruelty cases; all three were resolved with Superior Court convictions. In 2008, she prosecuted to conclusion a case that involved more than 100 dogs; less than seven months after the dogs were seized, the defendant pled guilty to all counts and forfeited the dogs.