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Daniel Tavares = Mitt Romney's Willie Horton?  
User currently offlinePHLBOS From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 7533 posts, RR: 24
Posted (6 years 10 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 1890 times:

I'm a bit surprised that nobody started this topic when the story broke out just before Thanksgiving.
Fro those unfamiliar w/the story:
http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1687352,00.html
Exerpt:
The double murder of a popular young couple from tiny Graham, Wash., has become a hot issue in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. And the family and friends of the victims are being drawn into the accusations and counter-accustions of G.O.P. rivals Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney.

The man accused of committing the Nov. 17 murders, Daniel Tavares Jr., was released in July by Massachusetts Superior Court Judge Kathe Tuttman, whom Romney appointed in 2006, when he was still governor of that state. Tavares had just finished serving a 16-year sentence in a maximum security prison for stabbing his mother to death, and local prosecutors had urged that he be kept locked up because he had allegedly assaulted two prison guards near the end of his term. Judge Tuttman instead ordered that Tavares be released on his own recognizance, and shortly thereafter Tavares apparently moved across the country to Washington State, where he is now accused of shooting Brian Mauck, 30, and Beverly Mauck, 28, execution-style, perhaps over a $50 debt.


Though somewhat old news (to some); it's still a very telling story. It may cause some GOP voters to think twice before backing Romney.


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User currently offlineCastleIsland From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (6 years 10 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 1883 times:

The Republicans skewered Dukakis over Willie Horton. Payback is a bitch. Romney is the most two-faced politician I've ever heard of, and there is a boatload of Massachusetts residents who are glad to see him gone.

User currently offlineJetjack74 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 7414 posts, RR: 50
Reply 2, posted (6 years 10 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 1867 times:
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Quoting PHLBOS (Thread starter):
Though somewhat old news (to some); it's still a very telling story. It may cause some GOP voters to think twice before backing Romney.

Good question. Willie Horton's release was because of Dukakis vetoed a bill that would've have kept him in prison, and not released him into the furlough programme. With in respect to the Tavares case, Tavares 16 year sentence was up, and even though the local prosecuters recommended that he stay locked up for assaulting a few prison guards, it was the judges gaval that set him free, not Mitt Romney. Now, i'm aware that an appointment could come back to bite a candidate if there is precedence in the past court decisions by an appointee. I don't know the backround or history of cases Judge Tuttman has presided over, but if she has a history of letting violent offenders go free or a number of impropieties while she was on the bench, than it's possible Romney could take a hit for this.



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User currently offlineN174UA From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 994 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (6 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 1849 times:

Well...perhaps it's a cover-your-@$$ move by Romney, but he did call for that Judge's resignation.

Unfortunately for him, the judge ruled based on the law that was on the books. Unless she made a serious error in her interpretation, then she's off the hook.

This is more likely a shortcoming of Massachusetts law, not Romney or the Judge's fault. This is beyond tragic...why that degenerate was even eligible for release is the big issue here. He will be eligible for the death penalty as a result here in Washington, unless he pleads guilty.


User currently offlinePHLBOS From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 7533 posts, RR: 24
Reply 4, posted (6 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 1831 times:



Quoting N174UA (Reply 3):
This is more likely a shortcoming of Massachusetts law

Quite true.

Quoting N174UA (Reply 3):
not Romney

While Romney himself didn't set this guy free. The very fact that he would appoint Justice Tuttman to the bench (it was later discovered that Tuttman was one of 4 women judges whom then-Gov. Romney appointed as a means of satisfying liberal critics (who run everything else in the state BTW) regarding the number of women appointments) is a cause for alarm because one of the duties that the POTUS performs is indeed appointing Federal judges.

Should the 2008 election outcome mirror that of 1988 (the Republicans hold on to the Presidency but Democrats maintaining their majority on BOTH the House & Senate); the possibility of appointing a Kathe Tuttman-clone on the federal level could become reality.

Quoting N174UA (Reply 3):
the Judge's fault

Not quite, the prosecution explicity warned Tuttman regarding Tavares.

Bottom line here is that there is not just one person (be it Romney, Tuttman) that's guilty of this lapse; but a combination of all of the above.

Tavares, of course, is obviously guilty of the murders.

Quoting N174UA (Reply 3):
He will be eligible for the death penalty as a result here in Washington, unless he pleads guilty.

That is some solace for Tavares' victims.

It's a bit ironic that it's the same state (Massachusetts) that lets murderers go free but will punish parents for spanking their children as a means of discipline in the privacy of their own home (if a couple of lawmakers have their way). But that's a whole other story for another thread.



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