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Learning Nothing from Willie Horton, Part II

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I had hoped to start off the New Year with a hopeful story, but apparently it is not to be.  This Boston Globe article follows up on an earlier report about the Massachusetts Parole Board's unconscionable decision to put back on the street a life-long, violent criminal who, less than two years later, gunned down a police officer during a robbery.  As the article recounts:

[Massachusetts House Speaker Robert A.]DeLeo said he was troubled not only that Cinelli was freed but that the Parole Board failed to notify prosecutors before Cinelli's parole hearing. Cinelli, 57, who was killed during a shootout with Woburn police, had a history of drug problems, and a criminal record dating to his teenage years that included violent robberies and the shooting of a security guard.

The absence of a prosecutor to represent Cinelli's victims at the 2008 hearing should have raised "basic questions'' of fairness from Parole Board members, DeLeo said. 

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Parole Board members have declined to return calls seeking comment.

No kidding.

As a matter of law, it is incorrect to say that the now-silent Parole Board members are accessories to murder.  As a matter of accountability and basic human decency, readers may draw their own conclusions.

Just one more thought:  The Left routinely howls, when referring to the rights of the criminal, of the need for notice and the opportunity to be heard.  But when it's the public and victims who warrant the opportunity to be heard, I just can't detect a bit of howling.  Indeed, I can't hear a bloomin' thing.  


 

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The prosecutor appeared at Cinelli's 2005 parole hearing and successfully argued against parole.

In the now defunct federal parole system, we would have continued the last hearing until the prosecutor had an opportunity to be heard.

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