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SJC is urged not to fire Barnstable magistrate

The administrator in charge of hiring in the state trial courts is taking the unusual step of urging the Supreme Judicial Court not to fire a Barnstable clerk magistrate and instead use the case as an opportunity to revise the disciplinary process for all clerk magistrates.

Court Administrator Lewis H. “Harry” ­Spence, appointed last spring to professionalize and manage personnel matters after the ­Probation Department patronage scandal, sent a letter to Chief Justice Roderick L. Ireland last week, weighing in on the discipline case of Robert E. Powers, clerk magistrate of Barnstable District Court.

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