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Opinion

JOAN VENNOCHI

A tragedy, and Patrick ducks again

A young mental health patient at Bridgewater State Hospital died after prison guards untrained in mental health disorders placed him in restraints. A state medical examiner said the death of 23-year-old Joshua K. Messier in 2009 was a homicide. But none of the seven guards who were in his cell that night have been prosecuted or even punished, the Globe’s Michael Rezendes reported.

It happened on Governor Deval Patrick’s watch. But the governor’s first reflex was a familiar one — he declined to answer questions. Pressed again for response to Messier’s death, he said, “It’s horrible. It’s tragic.” But, stay tuned. He might have more to say about it.

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