Patrick sends crime bill back
Wants ‘three strikes’ provision eased to give judges latitude
Governor Deval Patrick will not sign a controversial habitual offender bill and instead will send it back to lawmakers Saturday urging that they amend it to give a sentencing judge more flexibility. The “three-strikes bill,” which would eliminate the possibility of parole for some criminals after their third offense, was passed overwhelming by the House and the Senate earlier this month. Patrick had until Sunday to sign, veto, or suggest amendments to the bill.