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Treatment of ex-speaker is a crime against human decency

Ex-speaker Salvatore DiMasi began serving his eight-year sentence in November 2011.

AP File/2009

Ex-speaker Salvatore DiMasi began serving his eight-year sentence in November 2011.

I could not agree more with the March 22 editorial arguing that former House speaker Salvatore DiMasi should get consideration for a “compassionate release” from prison. What he and his wife have been through is enough punishment for anything he did. I cannot understand why this is a difficult thing for the federal prison authorities to do.

Prisons are well over the limit to house everyone, and this man did serve the state of Massachusetts for many years. I wonder whether his wife has considered suing the federal prison system, since she and DiMasi’s lawyer say that when DiMasi became ILL, nothing was done for quite some time.

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Where is the outrage? His treatment is a crime against human decency, and I am appalled.

Kevin McNamara


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