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Legislature says no to Patrick

Lawmakers reject altering 'three strikes' rule in crime bill

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Posted: Tuesday, July 31, 2012 12:31 am

Gov. Deval Patrick's request to give judges limited discretion in sentencing repeat violent offenders was firmly rejected by the Legislature Monday, including local lawmakers who accused the governor of trying to gut a crime bill.

Patrick wanted a "three-strikes-and-you're-out" provision in a new crime bill altered so judges would have some ability to avoid giving out mandatory sentences without parole when there are mitigating circumstances.

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3 comments:

  • mitch posted at 6:09 pm on Tue, Jul 31, 2012.

    mitch Posts: 680

    Gary: I agree, to the federal level.

     
  • GaryJohnson posted at 2:04 pm on Tue, Jul 31, 2012.

    GaryJohnson Posts: 4110

    For those who think "Judicial Discretion" is a good thing, three words: Judge Maria Lopez. As you recall, she lost her judgeship after allowing a Transvestite who forced an 11 year old to perform a sexual act with a scewdriver to his throat to walk free. Not for any legal reasons, but for her own personal agenda.

    And regarding the other laws the governor signed and threatened to simply ignore, the first time he does, Impeachment hearings should be held. As I recall, he swore to uphold the laws of the State of Massachusetts. If his personal agenda doensn't allow him to do that, then resign. If he doesn't like the law, there is a mechanism in place for him to propose new legislation. However, if he simply "Ignores" the law, he should be removed by force of writ, if necessary.

     
  • mitch posted at 10:51 am on Tue, Jul 31, 2012.

    mitch Posts: 680

    This from the May 20th Patriot Ledger:
    "Patrick has never shied from expressing fondness for criminals. Recall his work at the Department of Justice fighting for the “civil rights” of prisoners to have fully inflated basketballs. And then he was a pen-pal with Ben LaGuer, a rapist who left for dead an elderly woman he violated for nearly eight hours. Patrick called him “thoughtful.”"
    The American system releases the guilty for fear of imprisoning the innocent.(i.e. beyond a reasonable doubt.) These offenders have had 3 tries, with the last judge knowing what he is setting the defendant up for. That is enough judging.