Patrick fires two who wanted his convicted rapist brother-in-law to register as a sex offender

A major flaw of the Deval Patrick governorship has been his stubborn defense of his appointees in the face of overwhelming evidence that they were incapable of leading.  The most recent example is Jean Yang, the head of the beleaguered Health Connector Authority.  Yesterday we learned that the Governor can act decisively when he wants.  Especially when the action is in part based on familial revenge.

In a bizarre set of firings at the Sex Offender Registry Board, Patrick made it known that you “never go against the family.”  The Boston Herald has the story:

Gov. Deval Patrick said he fired the chairwoman of the state’s Sex Offender Registry Board and put its executive director on leave last week, in part, because they tried to pressure a hearing officer to change a decision involving Patrick’s brother-in-law.

The case “involved some inappropriate at least, maybe unlawful pressuring by the chair and the executive director of a hearing fficer to change an outcome of a case” and resulted in a lawsuit, which the state settled last year – and was the “final straw,” Patrick told reporters today,

The brother-in-law, Bernard Sigh, was convicted in 1993 of raping his wife, who is Patrick’s sister. The Herald first reported Sigh’s failure to register as a sex offender in Massachusetts in 2006, during Patrick’s first campaign for governor, setting off a firestorm that Patrick said today “nearly destroyed” his sister and brother-in-law’s lives.

Yes you read that right, Patrick fired two people who wanted to ensure a convicted rapist registered as a sex offender.  That convicted rapist, just happens to be Patrick’s brother-in-law who raped his sister.  The family has made amends, and Patrick doesn’t believe his family member should have to register.  

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Even the Boston Globe sees the reasoning as a bit out of the ordinary.

It was one of the most brutal hits of the 2006 governor’s race: A month before the election, the Boston Herald reported that Deval Patrick’s brother-in-law was a convicted rapist who had failed to register as a sex offender.

Patrick, who had been battling accusations that he was soft on crime, was infuriated. He accused his Republican opponent of playing “dirty politics” by planting the story in the press. Then Patrick won the election, and the story became a forgotten footnote in the annals of bare-knuckled politics.

But not for Patrick. On Monday, Patrick, still seething over the story eight years later, explained his recent decision to remove the top two officials at the state Sex Offender Registry Board, saying they improperly tried to force his brother-in-law to register as a sex offender.

In his first public comments on the shakeup at the agency, Patrick blamed the officials, his own appointees, for a number of other problems, including failing to update regulations and fostering an unproductive work environment. But he made it clear, as he prepares to leave office, that he is still nursing wounds from his first political campaign.

These two officials violated the sacred law of the family.  That is you don’t go against the family.

About Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno

  • For Governor, should have been mandating this rapist filed as a sex offender all along, did nothing, and should be prosecuting the governor himself for obstruction of justice.  These people are truly sick, and these stories should be front and center of any campaign for governor to prevent this despicable behavior from prevailing over justice, all day, and every day, in the state of Massachusetts, where we kidnap kids and destroy families right here and from other states.  So deplorable.

  • Rapist is as rapist does.

    I don’t want this guy living next to my wife and daughters.  Anyone that wouldn’t want to know if the guy living next door was a rapist is unfit to be a parent.

  • Vote3rdpartynow

    Deval Patrick’s brother-in-law rapes Deval’s sister.  The brother-in-law is convicted.  Deval insists that his brother-in-law not have to register with the Sex Offender Registry Board and fires the people who try to do otherwise.  And somehow the Republicans are the ones waging a war on women?

    Why wouldn’t Deval want the man who raped his sister punished?  Was it all forgotten when the brother-in-law gave Deval Patrick a political donation?  

    Deval: ‘Sure, you raped and beat my very own sister, but the maximum donation to my campaign for Governor means it is all forgiven!’

    Deval might as well be a pimp!

    And to go further and actually terminate the employment of two people based on that illogic is insane!  Worse yet, is that Deval accused the Republicans of playing ‘dirty politics’.  

    What am I not understanding about this story or this slime bag?  Can our Governor be this bad?  What am I missing?

  • The governor fired two long-time law enforcement professionals because they dared to enforce the law.  The message is loud and clear: the governor and his family are above the law, and all state officials better realize that fact and fall in line.  

    Every public official has an ethical duty to recuse himself or herself from decisions that have an effect on an immediate family member.  The decision to keep his brother-in-law on the sex offender registry had a direct financial impact on the governor’s sister.  By retaliating against the officials who made such decision, the governor put his thumb on the scale in favor of a family member.  

    The most shocking part of the story is that the governor openly acknowledged that he punished these women for their treatment of his family member.  I don’t know if such candor demonstrates his hubris, his ignorance of the law, or his awareness that he will escape any consequences for his decision.  He appoints members to the Ethics Commission- they won’t make waves.  Our attorney general is running for his job and needs his support.  The press continues to gush about how eloquent and inspiring he is.  Perhaps a private lawsuit by the wronged officials will lead to some justice.

    The one silver lining is that this story will follow our governor wherever he goes.  We already have the long list of managerial failures on his watch.  Now we have an example of behavior which rises above recklessness to the level of intentional misconduct.  And he owns it all alone.  We knew he was a bad governor; now we know he’s a bad person.                

  • R4 After Dark

    Let’s face it our governor clearly has a thing for rapists. Not just talking about this piece of shit but Ben LaGuer as well.  What would it take for our Governor to give a shit about a kid in DCF as much as he gives a shit about convicted rapists?  

  • burtonmarzel

    Was he preaching about the Republican War on Women like the wife-beating Congressman Alan Grayson did?

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  • geo999

    So, the facts are these:

    We have a cut and dried rape/domestic violence conviction against a relative of the Governor.

    And we have a Governor who has fired two members of the SORB. Not for corruption, not for incompetence, but for trying to do their jobs, and protect the women of the Commonwealth.

    Yet, over at the kiddie table, the d’baggers are in a 132 comment high dudgeon – not over the Governor’s clear abuse of power, not over the fact that two forthright state employees have been wrongfully and humiliatingly sacked,  but because Charlie Baker used the word sweetie when addressing Sharman Sacchetti?

    Whose “war on women” is it, again?

  • AmyCall

    This is absolutely unacceptable. We don’t live in some third world country where family relations should stand over the law. Especially when it comes to crimes like this. This man should face the law as well as his governor brother in law. It took me awhile to find a job and even had to use ResumeWritingLab so now I don’t want to pay taxes being used to hold this kind of politicians. It’s a shame we still suffer from this plague, I really hope soon enough people will start value moral standards much higher.