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May 21, 2004 | From Associated Press
One of the last men to face the death penalty in Massachusetts walked out of a courtroom free Thursday, 30 years after he was jailed in the slaying of a transit worker. Laurence Adams, 51, was released on his own recognizance after a judge's decision to overturn his conviction last month. Adams said he harbored no grudge against the prosecutors and police who put him in prison. "You can't be bitter because you can't stop the clock," he said.
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May 28, 2005 | From Associated Press
Gov. Mitt Romney vetoed a bill Friday to expand stem cell experiments in Massachusetts because it would allow the cloning of human embryos -- a practice he has called morally wrong. However, the Democratic-controlled Legislature passed the bill by big enough margins to override his veto when lawmakers take up the measure again next week. Romney, a Republican, supports research using adult stem cells or cells extracted from leftover frozen embryos from fertility clinics.
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February 24, 2005 | From Associated Press
Massachusetts' highest court, which legalized gay marriage in the state, has agreed to hear a challenge to the 1913 law being used to bar out-of-state gay couples from getting married in the state. The law denies out-of-state couples the right to marry if it would be illegal in their home state. The Supreme Judicial Court agreed in late January to hear the case, but no public announcement was made.
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April 16, 2004 | Elizabeth Mehren, Times Staff Writer
Gov. Mitt Romney on Thursday filed emergency legislation that would permit him to hire a special counsel to keep Massachusetts from becoming the first state to legalize same-sex marriage. The Republican governor said he would ask the special counsel to petition the state's highest court to delay enactment of a ruling that on May 17 will permit gays and lesbians to wed here.
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January 4, 2007 | James Gerstenzang, Times Staff Writer
Leaving one political office with his eyes on another, Mitt Romney took the first formal step Wednesday into the race for the Republican presidential nomination on his last full day as governor of Massachusetts. While not yet declaring his candidacy, Romney filed papers with the Federal Election Commission setting up a presidential exploratory committee, a step that allows him to raise and spend money in the initial pursuit of the party's 2008 nomination.
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December 2, 2006 | Elizabeth Mehren, Times Staff Writer
Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, a 2008 GOP presidential aspirant and an outspoken critic of illegal immigration, apparently employed undocumented landscape workers at his home near Boston. Responding to a report in Friday's Boston Globe, the governor's communications director said Friday that Romney was unaware that several of the landscapers who kept up his suburban Belmont property were in this country illegally. "Gov.
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April 8, 2006 | Elizabeth Mehren, Times Staff Writer
After months of negotiations, Massachusetts passed legislation this week that promises near-universal healthcare coverage -- the most inclusive plan any state has crafted. But experts say the state's unique circumstances will make the measure difficult to replicate. The 145-page bill, passed Tuesday by the state's heavily Democratic Legislature, is expected to be signed soon by Gov. Mitt Romney, a Republican who probably will seek his party's presidential nomination in 2008.
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November 6, 2003 | Elizabeth Mehren, Times Staff Writer
In a case that has fueled the debate over capital punishment in Massachusetts, federal prosecutors on Wednesday asked a jury to impose the death penalty on a 44-year-old drifter who confessed to murdering three good Samaritans. Gesturing toward Gary Lee Sampson, Assistant U.S. Atty. George Vien told the jury: "This man sitting right here in the blue shirt is a cunning, manipulative, cold-blooded killer who preyed on the good-hearted.
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May 6, 2004 | Elizabeth Mehren, Times Staff Writer
With city and town clerks threatening rebellion, Gov. Mitt Romney has softened his position on residency requirements for same-sex couples seeking marriage licenses in Massachusetts. Gay and lesbian couples who apply for marriage licenses starting May 17 will not be forced to provide "documentary evidence" that they live in Massachusetts, the governor's press secretary, Shawn Feddeman, said Wednesday.
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April 28, 2004 | Elizabeth Mehren, Time Staff Writer
Their plan was to fly here May 17 and take out a marriage license. After the required three-day waiting period, Matt Foreman and Francisco de Leon intended to exchange wedding vows in Cambridge, then head home to New York. But Gov. Mitt Romney has ordered city clerks to enforce an obscure 1913 law that prohibits out-of-state couples from marrying in Massachusetts if their home states do not permit them to marry.
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