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Justices dismiss clerk-magistrate for pattern of violations

The state’s highest court ­removed Robert E. Powers from office Friday, concluding that he willfully and repeatedly violated the professional code of conduct for clerks in his four years on the Barnstable bench.

“The record demonstrates that from the date he started work at the Barnstable District Court through the time of the hearing, Powers fundamentally failed to do his job,” Justice Ralph D. Gants wrote on behalf of the Supreme Judicial Court in a unanimous 40-page decision.

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