Boston Globe op-ed: Finneran's only crime is careful diplomacy


Those familiar with Three Felonies a Day know the story of former Speaker of the Massachusetts House Thomas Finneran. Finneran was charged with federal obstruction of justice and perjury because he allegedly lied, in court testimony, about the extent of his involvement in a legislative redistricting plan that was being challenged as discriminatory. Under questionable circumstances, Finneran entered a guilty plea in 2007. Accepting this plea as indisputable proof of culpability, the Supreme Judicial Court disbarred Finneran earlier this month.

In today's Boston Globe, I put Finneran's case in the context of the ever-increasing rate of guilty pleas in the federal criminal justice system, noting that the Feds essentially made him an offer he could not refuse.
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