MA Speaker Wants Parole Curb After Officer’s Murder


Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, facing widespread anger from police chiefs and victims' advocates, pleaded for patience as his administration reviews of the state Parole Board's decision to free a violent career criminal who shot and killed a Woburn police officer last week, the Boston Globe reports. House Speaker Robert DeLeo expressed outrage at the board's decision and vowed to make it a “major focus'' of legislative action.

Patrick said, “The thing that, for me, gets lost in this [ ] is that we jump immediately to the recriminations, and we forget there's a human tragedy there, a family that's been upended.'' A visibly angry DeLeo sharply questioned the Parole Board's decision and said the case “cries out'' for a remedy, either from the governor or the Legislature, to ensure that convicts serving multiple life sentences cannot be paroled. “When I read three life sentences, that just grabbed me, and I said, 'Why are we even having this discussion?' '' DeLeo said.

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