Patrick rebuffed on amendment to 3-strikes bill
Lawmakers sent a controversial crime bill back to Governor Deval Patrick on 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. However, time is running short. Lawmakers are scheduled to end their legislative session at midnight Tuesday.