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Governor Patrick Signs Crime Bill

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Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has signed into law a crime bill with a so-called three strikes provision.     WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports.

   A spokesman said Gov Patrick signed the bill Thursday morning in a private ceremony in his office.  The bill, which bars parole  after a  person’s third  conviction for a serious violent crime, had been a  point of conflict between the Governor and legislators.  Patrick announced on the last day of the legislative session he would sign the  bill  thus avoiding a veto showdown.

   Present for the bill signing was a leading crime victim’s advocate, Les Gosule. His daughter Mellissa was raped and murdered in 1999 by a man who had 27 prior convictions.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.