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Barnstable clerk magistrate accused of misconduct apologizes

Looking weary and a bit rumpled — but sounding contrite — Clerk Magistrate Robert E. Powers stood before a roomful of his fellow clerks, judges, and lawyers at the John Adams Courthouse in Boston on Wednesday and declared, “I’m embarrassed to be here.”

The controversial Cape Cod clerk magistrate was appearing at a hearing before the Committee on Professional Responsibility for Clerks of the Court, making one final push to keep his job.

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