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Most Councilors Warm To Baker Commutation Bids

Councilor Christopher Iannella (left) will preside over the public commutation hearings. Councilor Robert Jubinville (back right), who represented William Allen at his trial in the 1990s, will now vote on his former client's commutation bid. They are pictured at Wednesday's Governor's Council assembly. [Sam Doran/SHNS]

Once a relatively common course of action on Beacon Hill, Massachusetts elected officials have intervened to commute an inmate's sentence on a single occasion in the 21st century. That could change -- twice -- in the coming weeks.

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