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Romney calls on judge to resign after Graham killings

Associated Press - November 24, 2007 11:05 AM ET

BOSTON (AP) - Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has called for the resignation of a judge he appointed because she released a convicted killer without bail.

That man, 41-year-old Daniel Tavares, is now accused of killing a couple near Graham.

Romney says in a statement that the judge, Kathe Tuttman, had an inexcusable lapse in judgment. She has declined to comment.

Prosecutors had asked to keep Tavares behind bars for allegedly assaulting guards as he neared the end of a 16-year manslaughter sentence for killing his mother.

Tavares moved to Washington to marry a prison pen pal. He was arrested Monday in the shooting deaths of 2 neighbors, Brian and Beverly Mauck.

Romney was in Seattle on Monday and had been warned that Tavares was in the area.

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