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Patrick rebuffed on amendment to 3-strikes bill

Lawmakers sent a controversial crime bill back to Governor Deval ­Patrick Monday after roundly rejecting an amendment he had proposed that would have given judges some flexibility in sentencing repeat offenders.

The move effectively dared the governor to sign the bill, despite his concerns about the lack of judicial discretion, or veto it and risk the wrath of legislators, victims’ families, and prosecutors who have been pushing for it. He could also do nothing and let the bill become law without his signature.

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