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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

One step ahead of the law

Middlesex County Sheriff James DiPaola must be glad he's still carrying a badge for awhile. That's the only way he stays one step ahead of the law.

Days of stepping down after an alleged pang of conscience over a legal scheme to double dip his salary and pension, the keeper of the Middlesex County lockup, we learn he is also facing investigations by the Ethics Commission and Office of Campaign and Political Finance.

DiPaola is denying he pocketed cash campaign contributions of that he pocketed cash for meals that were eventually paid by the campaign credit card. And he tries to make it a virtue that he used a department employee as a designated driver.

Where do these guys get the chutzpah?

With the latest revelations of an alleged one-man crime ring, it's become even more apparent we need to tighten a lot of the laws surrounding elected and public officials. And it is more apparent than ever -- given the silence of legislative leaders that the Great and General Court is going to need to be dragged kicking and screaming into that task.

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