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Head of Parole Board was Deval Patrick's 2006 Campaign Driver

by: Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno

Thu Dec 30, 2010 at 09:56:19 AM EST


As the controversy continues to grow over the parole board's release of cop-killer Dominic Cinelli it is important to note whom Governor Patrick picked to head the parole board.  Upon taking office Deval Patrick tapped his campaign driver to head the Parole Board, not a longtime probation official.  The Lowell Sun in April of 2009 had the story.

Patrick, as reported over the weekend, carved out positions for a handful of campaign staffers who performed such basic tasks as driving the soon-to-be governor around the state. Some aides now hold positions in state government earning salaries of $100,000 or more.

The most recent appointment fell to Parole Board member Mark Conrad, a former Milton police officer who drove the governor during the campaign. Conrad, who lives near Patrick in Milton, has been tapped to chair the seven-member Parole Board for more than $100,000 a year.

Conrad's wife, Jacqueline, was also appointed by Patrick to the board of the Massachusetts Health and Educational Facilities Authority and played a role in the controversial hiring of Sen. Marian Walsh to a long-vacant position that Walsh ultimately declined under mounting political pressure.

(Lowell Sun Tuesday, April 14, 2009)

Neighbors and friends appointed to key position without the proper qualifications.  

A list of the full bio's of Parole Board members an be found here.  Of the seven members of the parole board, five were appointed by Governor Deval Patrick.

Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno :: Head of Parole Board was Deval Patrick's 2006 Campaign Driver
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Thank you Rob for your continued half-truths... (0.00 / 0)
A twenty-year police officer who has a Master degree in Criminal Justice and you dismiss him as a "campaign driver".  Of course this tragedy needs serious review, but your dishonest partisan whacks does nothing to advance the truth in this matter.  All you care about is discrediting people you politically despise.


No I believe that was (0.00 / 0)
The Lowell Sun.  

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   I'm going to believe anything "he" says. Thank you for the post Rob.

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Mark Conrad & Mass. Parole Board (5.00 / 2)
Most of Mark Conrad's police career has been devoted to liberal activism, criminal reintegration, etc, not law enforcement.  His bio on the Mass. Parole Board website notes he's a lifelong "community advocate".

Bottom line: Gov. Patrick stacked the Parole Board with progressives who put "second chances" for criminals ahead of public safety, as he promised to do in 2006.  He has appointed two defense lawyers, a social worker, and a psychologist, as well as Conrad.

Deval Patrick kept his promise, and Officer Jack Maguire leaves a wife, two children, and several grandchildren.


Mark Conrad & Mass. Parole Board (5.00 / 2)
Most of Mark Conrad's police career has been devoted to liberal activism, criminal reintegration, etc, not law enforcement.  His bio on the Mass. Parole Board website notes he's a lifelong "community advocate".

Bottom line: Gov. Patrick stacked the Parole Board with progressives who put "second chances" for criminals ahead of public safety, as he promised to do in 2006.  He has appointed two defense lawyers, a social worker, and a psychologist, as well as Conrad.

Deval Patrick kept his promise, and Officer Jack Maguire leaves a wife, two children, and several grandchildren.


Deval Patrick made a campaign promise to put a 1,000 cops on the street..... (0.00 / 0)
We just didn't know he meant 'face-down in a puddle of their own blood'.  It's all right, down deep liberals see cops as oppressors.  One less cop patroling the street is a blessing to the liberals....  Maybe Obama will let us know whether the late Officer John Maguire was 'acting stupidly', and actually deserved what he got....

Nice to see that Simple Malarkey sees absolutely nothing wrong with the situation.......A parole board lets a '3 lifetime sentances' killer back on the streets and within a few years a cop is dead.  "Nothing to see here folks, go back to work...."

Ed Markey is now the official 'cheapest' man on earth.  1.5 percent to charity while the average American gave 3 times as much...


Pestiforous Culture (0.00 / 0)
Seems to be pervasive throughout MA government where your ability to get a job is greatly dependent on who you know rather than your qualifications.

Usually it plays out in ineffective departments, divisions or entire agencies of state or local government costing taxpayers both in terms of wasted dollars and inadequate services.  Now, however, it has resulted in the death of a man who was, by all accounts, a fine police office and a good husband and father.  The loss to the community and to his family and friends cannot be measured.

Its time that taxpayers and citizens of MA, regardless of political ideology or leanings, demand answers.  A man has lost his life because of shortcomings in MA systems, its time for change and improvements not rhetoric and business as usual.


guys guys guys guys (4.00 / 1)
We all know what's happening here.......

Rob just hates anyone who was a campaign driver.

End of story nothing to see here.

Grease Fire


Let's not forget that the decision of the parole board was unanimous. (0.00 / 0)
It included 2 Romney folks.  Certainly these folks appear qualified, right?

Thomas Merigan was appointed to the Massachusetts Parole Board in 2004.  Before becoming a Board Member, Mr. Merigan was a supervisor at the United States Probation Office where he worked for more than 20 years. He started his criminal justice career as a Massachusetts Parole Officer.  He was graduated from Western New England College with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration and American International College with a master's degree in Criminal Justice Administration.

Candace Kochin was appointed to the Parole Board in 2004.  Ms. Kochin worked for the Hampshire County Sheriff's Office as the Director of Treatment and Assistant Deputy Superintendent.  Throughout her career she has also worked as a Superior Court Probation Officer with Hampshire Superior Court Probation, a Victim/Witness Advocate with the Northwestern District Attorney, and an Administrative Assistant in the Northampton District Court.  Ms. Kochin received a bachelor's degree in History with a minor in Psychology and Arts from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

So what's the deal?

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Eabo, Cinelli was paroled before the appointment .... (4.00 / 1)
Should get your facts straight before you post.

Just saying.


wait! (0.00 / 0)
2008 is before 2009? Damn, well that ruins the narrative. There must be some other way we can blame this on Patrick.

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Not so fast. (0.00 / 0)
This archive of the bio pages from 2008 says he was appointed to the board in 2007.
http://web.archive.org/web/200...

It's hard to tell from that page who was really serving when and doing what.  But it may be that the board chair in 2008 was actually appointed by Romney (Maureen Walsh selected Chairman in 2003 and on the 2008 bio page).  In addition, two other board members at the time were defimately Romney appointees and are still on the board (Thomas Merigan, Candace Kochin).

What's also funny is that I remembered Romney hitting Huckabee on a parole controversy in 2007.
http://www.politifact.com/trut...

There's been considerable interest in Huckabee's record because of the case of Wayne DuMond, a convicted rapist who was released by the Arkansas Parole Board and then killed a woman. Although that case did not involve a pardon, two members of the parole board have said Huckabee pressured them to release DuMond. Huckabee has denied that he pressured the board and said he refused to commute DuMond's sentence.

Of course Romney didn't pressure anyone.  But I wonder if this could hurt him nationally anyways?

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Uhuab has a link to the actual decision. (0.00 / 0)
http://www.muckrock.com/foi/vi...

DATE OF HEARING: November 6, 2008
DATE OF DECISION: November l8, 2008
PARTICIPATING BOARD MEMBERS: Mark Conrad, Doris Dottridge, Candace Kochin, Pamela Lombardini, Thomas F. Merigan, Jr., Leticia Munoz


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Amazingly this is the second time for two of the board members. (0.00 / 0)
http://www.boston.com/news/loc...

The clerk's killing in December captured the region's attention. The day after Christmas, a gunman wearing a scarf over most of his face robbed Dangol, a Nepalese immigrant working at a Tedeschi Food Shop in Jamaica Plain, of $746 and then shot him. The crime was captured on a store surveillance videotape.

A state parole officer who saw the video said he recognized the gunman as his parolee, Corliss, a 63-year-old convicted murderer freed in 2006.

Only two of the current board members - Candace Kochin and Thomas Merigan - participated in the decision to release Corliss. Both declined to comment.


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No he wasn't (0.00 / 0)
Conrad was appointed to the parole board in 2007. He became head of the parole board later.  He was on the board when the parole was granted.

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Thanks Patrick ... (0.00 / 0)


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Patrick still a criminal enabler (0.00 / 0)
Regardless of which Governors appointed which Parole Board members, it's clear that Gov. Patrick's appointments are accelerating the culture of criminal enabling.

So far he's appointed two defense lawyers, a social worker, a psychologist, and "community advocate" Conrad -- all of whom share his feel-good liberal philosophy of putting "second chances" for criminals ahead of PUBLIC SAFETY.

As a result, the number of murderers being unleashed back onto society exploded last year to 150% of the previous year.
http://www.bostonherald.com/ne...


You can't compare year to year. (0.00 / 0)
These are individual cases.  There is no reason for it to be a consistent percentage from one year to the next.  

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windage and elevation (0.00 / 0)
aren't police issued bullet proof vest's?i thought that wearing these vest's was mandatory when on patrol?either way the bad guy was killed by police before he could kill again.think what would have happened if he was only wounded,he would be requesting special treatment in prison.now he can request special treatment in the under world.

Don't think that (0.00 / 0)
is the case.  It may vary from dept to dept, but I know a couple active duty officers who rarely wear them, and one who would never leave the house without it.

Suffering Battered Voter Syndrome since 8/31/1981

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windage and elevation (0.00 / 0)
i know some state police and the vest is mandatory when on patrol and most wear the vest while on detail.as for local police i am not 100% but think that the vest if not standard issue is considered part of clothing allowance and is  purchased as part of the uniform.

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