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Three-strikes rhetoric heats up

With election on horizon, measure gets serious look

Public outcry over the killing of Woburn police officer John Maguire on Christmas weekend in 2010 by a hardened criminal out on parole gave state Representative Bradford Hill a chance he had been waiting a decade for — winning approval in the House for his tough-on-crime three-strikes bill.

Now he has another ally in his push to get it passed: an election year.

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