The state Retirement Board voted today that Thomas M. Finneran, the former House speaker who pleaded guilty to obstructing justice in 2007, is not entitled to a government pension. The board ruled that Finneran, who was speaker from 1996 to 2004, forfeited his pension rights because he was convicted of a criminal offense related to his public position. Finneran pleaded guilty in US District Court to providing false testimony in a redistricting lawsuit.
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