(MyFoxBoston.com) – A former parole board member was strong-armed into resigning, according to the Boston Herald. Now, she's filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against Governor Deval Patrick.
The state Parole Board came under fire several years ago after a repeat offender was released, only to kill a police officer. Board members quickly resigned. But now, one of them says they were bullied into stepping down.
Ex-Parole Board member Pamela Lombardini has launched a wrongful termination suit against Governor Patrick and former U.S. Senator William "Mo" Cowan, according to the Boston Herald. In it, she alleges Cowan, who was then chief of staff, threatened her into resigning after the shooting death of Woburn police officer John Maguire during a robbery in 2010. The cop killer, Dominic Cinelli, was serving three life sentences, but was still granted parole in 2008.
Lombardini claims when she and other board members arrived to a meeting in 2011 state troopers escorted them into a room where Cowan requested they sign pre-written letters of resignation, allegedly saying "it would get ugly" if they didn't.
Prior to her appointment by Governor Mitt Romney to the Parole Board in 2007, Lombardini was an Essex County probation officer.
Governor Patrick's office, State Police and Lombardini all declined to comment to the paper. FOX 25 will be reaching out to her attorney Tuesday.