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Sinning in ignorance

Post by David Seago on Dec. 28, 2007 at 4:53 pm |
December 28, 2007 4:53 pm

I was tempted to cringe on behalf of Mitt Romney over the new AP report that “the Romney administration” let Daniel Tavares Jr. out of prison prematurely.

What happened: Someone in the Massachusetts Department of Correction failed to take away 300 days of “good time” Tavares should have forfeited by being a nasty boy in prison. Another 300 days would have saved the life of the Graham couple he killed last month.

People make stupid mistakes in every bureaucracy. Doesn’t mean it’s the governor’s fault.

But then there’s Romney’s own campaign-trail demand for the resignation of Kathe Tuttman, the judge who set Tavares free in a bail bond hearing. As it later turned out, Tuttman had been told little about Tavares’ violent history – not even the fact that he’d stabbed his mother to death.

If Tuttman can be blamed for not knowing something no one had told her, why not Romney for not knowing everything his prison functionaries were up to? Or for summarily calling for Tuttman’s head without having a clue about what happened in that bail hearing?

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