Wednesday, January 5, 2011

First Probation, now Parole and one dead peace officer

By now I'm sure you've heard or read, the top dog, O'Brian at the probation department has resigned, and vows to get his job back. This move came a week before he was scheduled to be before the disciplinary board.... the first bright thing the guy has done. As time goes on, those who have defended his code of ethics are now back peddling and trying to figure out how they can distance themselves from a system, they ALL worship, patronage, mis-management and fraud.

And while the probation scandal will be in the news for the next few years perhaps, leave it to another failed department to grant freedom the a convicted murderer, serving life... times 3, who kills a peace officer who never pulled his service revolver, trying to escape from robing a Kohls. And to add insult, the Parole Board never notifying the DA or the locals.

Now that this tragedy has surfaced, finger pointing is abound. But the sheer facts are that there has been in bill at the legislature for 10 years and even modified to include only 3 time convicted violent felons, must serve the last sentence given, without parole. Why would Beacon Hill not pass such a common sense bill? Just look at who's the committee chairman of the judiciary, Rep Flattery, a top criminal defense lawyer. Along with the dozens of other layers, one need not look to far to see why they have refused to allow Melissa Law to come to the floor for a vote. Perhaps now, law enforcement will put pressure on Beacon Hill to pass this bill.

The entire parole board should resign and a through review should happen soon, along with passage of the Melissa Bill.


At January 6, 2011 at 2:01 PM , Blogger new to blogging said...

Ironic to see a story about a cop being killed because the parole board made a mistake, and a story about a cop making a mistake and killing an innocent man in the same blog. Guess all those cops screaming about the parole board making a mistake and how they should be punished for it will all be screaming that this cop who made a mistake should be punished by going to jail also. Yeah, fat chance of that happening.

At January 6, 2011 at 3:29 PM , Blogger Ever vigalent said...

The system of justice in this country, or at least in this state, seems to be broken and badly in need of repair. Convicted violent criminals being let out without the input of the DA; unqualified probation officers overseeing convicted criminals because they know someone in power; clerk magistrates spending their day in bars while collecting their paychecks; back logs of up to a year to get a case to trial; cops shooting innocent citizens by accident; and innocent men spending 30 yrs in jail for crimes they did not commit. Somewhere along the road to a fair and equitable justice system, we have lost our way and failed miserably at protecting the innocent as well as at punishing the guilty. And how much hope do we have of fixing this system when the people who are tasked with fixing it, our state legislators, just elected to the position of speaker of the house a man who is personally involved in some of these issues, at least in the probation department scandal, and clearly is not an ethical man. The lunatics are running the asylum here in MA, and we are all going to suffer. My fellow residents in Framingham, a question for all of you to ponder. Do you think DeLeo is an honest man who should be leading our house of representatives? And for those of you who honestly say no, which hopefully is the majority, how do you think your new State Rep Walsh voted on this, his first vote as our state rep?


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