I've got mixed feelings about pardoning the former Speaker of the MA House
, but the repercussions of his conviction seem WAAAAYYY out of wack for the crime of obstructing justice in a civil case. Regarding the pardon request, though, it bugs me that the levers of justice are far more easily accessed by those with friends in high places. There are many more folks far more deserving of a pardon who have zero chance of getting one former governor, let alone four of them, to sign a letter on their behalves.
Finneran's loss of pension argument sounds like the same the logic that supporters of Leo Senecal
used to try and get his retirement plan reinstated. I'll be curious to see if there is a double standard when this plays out.