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Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick refuses to sign repeat offender bill, why the rest of America should care

July 30, 2012

  Back in 1999, 27 year old Melissa Gosule was raped and murdered by a man who had 27 convictions under his belt yet served only two years in jail. Melissa’s father has made it his mission to ensure that what happened to his daughter would not happen to another person in Massachusetts; for twelve years he fought for passage of what has been dubbed Melissa’s bill, which is basically a three strikes you’re out law. If you are convicted of three violent crimes you are sent to jail for life with no chance for parole. Finally last week the Massachusetts legislature voted to pass Melissa’s bill and it was sent to Governor Deval Patrick’s desk for his approval.

  Deval Patrick sat on this bill until Sunday when he amended it and sent it back to the legislature; his amendment allowed for judicial discretion when considering parole for violent criminals, thereby gutting the entire intent of the law. There is a reason why he sat on the bill for so long before making his decision and I will get to that in a moment.

    Today the state legislature rejected the governor’s amendment and sent it back to his desk one more time. Deval Partick now has ten more days to either sign or veto the bill and that is where the problem lies, and this problem is the reason he delayed his original decision on the bill. The state legislature has the votes to override a potential veto but is only in session until the end of the day tomorrow. Deval Patrick is simply trying to run out the clock and this will effectively kill the bill. The state legislature would have to start from scratch next session and all the work they have done to ensure career violent criminals remain behind bars where they can do no harm to anyone but themselves will be for not.

  It really isn’t surprising that Deval Patrick decided to side with the criminals instead of the victims because this is how he made his living before he ran for governor. When he worked in the Justice Department he fought to ensure violent criminals were provided properly inflated basketballs and tuna fish sandwiches which weren’t too warm, but this is nothing for it gets worse.

  Shortly after he became governor of Massachusetts he defended the Parole Board’s decision to release a violent criminal who was serving three life sentences, and before that he spent some time arguing of the early release of Benjamin LaGuer.

  Benjamin LaGuer brutally raped his 59 year old neighbor after trying to strangle her with a telephone cable, and even after Deval Patrick spent his own money to provide LaGuer with a DNA test which proved his guilt he said he still found the man “eloquent” and “charming.”

  Deval Patrick has a long history for siding with violent criminals and Melissa’s bill is just the latest example. This should concern us all because Deval Patrick and Barack Obama are friends (Obama even plagiarized a Patrick speech during the 2008 election) and it is rumored that Deval Patrick was a finalist in the Supreme Court sweepstakes before Elana Kagan was selected by Barack Obama and it is very likely that he will be the next Supreme Court justice if Barack Obama is reelected.

  UPDATE AND CORRECTION: First the correction; I mistakenly wrote that after a third strike a violent criminal would be locked up for life without parole. The law states that after the third strike a violent criminal must serve his or her full sentence without the possibility of an early parole. And now for the update; Deval Patrick announced today that he will sign the bill, but will work to get his amendment passed in the next legislative session. This was a bill which had wide ranging support from the people of Massachusetts and it appears as if they put enough pressure on Deval Patrick fo force him to change his mind.

16 Comments leave one →
  1. July 30, 2012 9:47 pm

    Wow! Patrick is one sick SOB. I will never understand the people of Massachusetts.

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    • July 30, 2012 9:58 pm

      While Massachusetts has a huge Democrat majority in the state legislature, the state Republicans did make some gains in the state House in the 2010 elections and that is the only reason this legislation even made it this far. If somehow the Republicans can make more gains in that state in November they might actually be able to start turning things around.

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  2. LD Jackson permalink
    July 30, 2012 10:03 pm

    I can’t help but wonder why someone like Patrick, why anyone would side with violent criminals. I believe everyone deserves a second chance, but when it comes to violent crimes, repeat offenders should be locked up. Why is that concept so difficult for liberals like Patrick to comprehend?

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    • July 30, 2012 10:16 pm

      I wonder that myself, we are talking about violent crimes here not just crimes. But the liberals don’t seem to see a difference between the two.

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      • Anonymous permalink
        July 30, 2012 10:44 pm

        Back in the 70’s there was a judge in Jersey city, NJ, whose courtroom was a revolving door for violent criminals of every ilk (can’t recall the name) until his wife was attacked one fine NJ evening. He morphed into a hanging judge. These arrogant, liberal hippocriotes deserve a pox on all their houses. Hopefully this piece of human garbage Patrick suffers at the hands of a repeat offender and when he goes to hell he can spend eternity scratching his head and asking his bad self, “what was i thinking?”

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  3. MaddMedic permalink
    July 30, 2012 10:39 pm

    Reblogged this on Freedom Is Just Another Word… and commented:
    Well it is Massaliberalsandkennedy’s!!!!

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  4. July 30, 2012 11:49 pm

    WHEN LIBERALS LOOK AT THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM THEY SEE A SYSTEM HEAVILY WEIGHTED AGAIN THE POOR, THE BLACK AND WHAT THEY PERCEIVE TO BE THE DOWN-TRODDEN IN SOCIETY. IT SEEMS TO THEM THAT THEY MUST RIGHT THE SYSTEM AND PROTECT THOSE THEY SEE AS VICTIMS OF THE WHITE ELITE RULING CLASS. THIS BELIEF PERMEATES LIBERAL IDEOLOGY ACROSS THE BOARD AND IS THE ONLY LOGICAL EXPLANATION OF THEIR ACTIONS. THEY ARE HOPELESSLY ADRIFT ON A SEA OF IMAGINED INJUSTICE. AND IN THEIR MINDS THEY ARE THE ONLY ONES WHO HAVE THE ANSWERS TO WHAT THEY SEE AS SOCIETY’S FAILURES. AND SO IT IS WILL DEVAL PATRICK!

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    • July 31, 2012 6:00 am

      I believe you have hit on something Ron, the left does believe the system is unfair to certain groups of people and they try to balance their perceived injustice by giving them a way to get out early. And then they are surprised when the criminal commits another crime?

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    • July 31, 2012 12:31 pm

      BINGO Ron, ya hit that one out of the park! 🙂

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  5. July 31, 2012 12:23 am

    Perhaps Deval is looking for more voters for the Bummer’s reelection – maybe there aren’t enough dead and illegal alien voters to fill the gap for Obama’s falling numbers – just a thought….WM

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  6. July 31, 2012 12:30 pm

    Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick is a MORON!

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    • July 31, 2012 7:33 pm

      He is and he could very well be the next SUpreme Court Justice, that is one hell of a scary thought!

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  7. donchute permalink
    July 31, 2012 1:05 pm

    Deval Patrick is a sick idiot…but it’s really the majority of voters in MASS that need to be replaced!

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    • July 31, 2012 7:35 pm

      Today the people of Mass put enough pressure on Deval to get him to change his mind, now if they will vote for Brown over Warren maybe it will show Mass is turning around.

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