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Governor’s Council Truth Telling Oath

Regardless of whether or not an oath is administered by the Governor’s Council, it should hold itself to a standard that is respectful of the people they represent.

On December 7, 2011 the Governor’s Council considered administering an oath to each participant testifying at the hearings for nominees.

Initially the Governor’s Council agreed that they would administer such an oath, but upon reflection some members had a change of heart.

If a nominee or a witness sought to deceive the Governor’s Council by not telling the truth, there is no specific law or statue that would impose a penalty for failing to tell the truth.

This appears to be the reason why some members chose to oppose the administration of a truth telling oath at all of the Governor’s Council hearings.

This issue was presented to the Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) on December 28, 2011, however only five of the then eight members of the Governor’s Council signed the request.

In a reply dated February 8, 2012 (461 Mass. 1201), the SJC declined to answer the request, citing the lack of a solemn occasion for answering the question put before them.

The purpose of a truth telling oath appeared to be an attempt to address comments by witnesses and nominees that at times appeared to contradict facts, as the council saw them.

The council has the ability to enforce their own penalties against those that attempt to deceive them.  They may address statements made by witnesses that they believe are untruthful, they may ask the nominees to address statements made by witnesses that they believe are untruthful, and they may vote against a nominee that is involved, either directly or indirectly, in deceiving the Governor’s Council.

Administration of an oath to the participants at a hearing is determined by the individual counselor or the Lt. Governor chairing the hearing.

The administration of a truth telling oath has become common place at the Governor’s Council hearings.

Unfortunately the administration of such an oath may not be having the effect that one would expect.  When comments are made to the Governor’s Council that do not appear to be supported by the known facts, counselors may now claim that because of the oath such statements should be taken as truthful.

Regardless of whether or not an oath is administered by the Governor’s Council, it should hold itself to a standard that is respectful of the people they represent.  When statements are made by witnesses or nominees that do not appear to be supported by the facts, they should respectfully address them and not simply allow them to be made unchallenged.

While there has been a change in the procedures at the hearings of the Governor’s Council, with the administration of the oath, the questionable nature of some statements by witnesses and nominees has not changed.

If there is anything you would like to know about the Council please feel free to contact me at patrickmccabegovernorscouncil@gmail.com

To learn more about the council and what it is currently doing please check out my site patrickmccabegovernorscouncil.com

Patrick McCabe

Candidate for Governor's Council District Two

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Joe Rizoli June 15, 2012 at 09:17 PM
In court of law not telling the truth while under an oath is called perjury.. The apple has fallen so far from the orchard here that lieing seems to be a second job for a lot of people including getting a radio gig for some. Anyone that lies on purpose should be fired or be out of political office. The problem here is the fish rots from the head down. If an example isn't set from the top nobody cares. On Framingham telling the truth is a foreign language. We have thousands of individuals with false documents, fake names and countless individuals who for visa requirements have LIED. Life goes on, people don't care and the quality of life goes down the drain because it wasn't nipped in the bud. Use to be people running for office had to live up to some sort of principles, now "don't ask don't tell" seems to be the norm here and our society reflects it. Joe Rizoli
Patrick McCabe June 16, 2012 at 04:04 PM
Joe, I appreciate your comments. I suspect that if the hearings are better reported on, the participants in the hearings would improve their behavior. I am trying to bring scrutiny to the way we appoint our judges in the hopes that it will improve the process. I could use all the help I can get. PatrickMcCabeGovernorsCouncil.com Patrick McCabe
Jim Rizoli June 17, 2012 at 01:07 AM
What is the party affiliation of those on the Council? I notice that Megan Christopher is a new judge. If she can get appointed as a judge then there is also room for Satan. This woman s a danger to the justice system and if anything should be jailed for the things she has pulled as a lawyer. So if the Council can appoint people like her, God help us all. Jim@ccfiile.com
Patrick McCabe June 17, 2012 at 03:44 AM
There are two republicans and five democrats. What experience have you had with Megan Christopher.
Jim Rizoli June 19, 2012 at 12:49 AM
I have a lot to say but not here. email me Jim@ccfiile.com
Joe Rizoli June 19, 2012 at 08:27 PM
The Constitution says that Judges that are picked must have "Good Behavior". I would look into the above mentioned Judges "behavior" by putting an add in the newspapers for anybody having been on the other side of the table with her who would oppose her being a Judge. You might get a very interesting response. Enough to maybe really see what the words "good behavior" really mean. I know, the good behavior thing only applies to Federal Judges, too bad..... Joe Rizoli
Patrick McCabe June 20, 2012 at 08:30 AM
There are public notifications of each of the meetings. I am also trying to use the internet to increase that notification. Judge Christopher appeared from the early part of this process and my notification was not as timely as I would wish, but there was the required notification. I would urge you to follow my website: PatrickMcCabeGovernorsCouncil.com For announcements to upcoming hearings. The hearings are usually announced a week before the hearing, sometimes more.

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