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Does James Marzilli Deserve His State Pension?

The state Retirement Board granted the former state senator from Arlington his pension Thursday. Do you agree with the board's ruling? Let us know by posting a comment below.

James Marzilli, the former state senator who represented Arlington and Medford who pleaded guilty last year to lewdly harassing four women on the streets of Lowell in 2008, will receive his $14,000-per-year state pension, according to an AP report on Boston.com.

The state Retirement Board granted Marzilli his pension Thursday after determining that his crimes “were not connected to his official duties as a lawmaker,” according to the report.

Marzilli had been seeking a pension of $26,000 per year, which, under an old law, is given to incumbents who lost an election. Marzilli, a Democrat, resigned in November 2008, prior to the election. State Sen. Ken Donnelly now fills the seat that he vacated.

In his career, Marzilli was also a member of the state House of Representatives and Arlington government.

Do you think Marzilli deserves his $14,000-per-year state pension?
Let us know by posting a comment below.

Paul Lehrman September 30, 2012 at 01:54 PM
Of course he deserves his pension. Despite one day of bizarre, completely uncharacteristic behavior, which had nothing to do with his work in the legislature, and for which he has paid dearly, he served the people of his district (of which I am one) and the rest of Massachusetts with great distinction for two decades. He didn't steal anything, he didn't take any payoffs, and his record of public service is outstanding. How about leaving the guy alone and letting him rebuild his life and his career?
jay f September 30, 2012 at 02:44 PM
I do agree he should receive his pension. He was having personal problems and did nothing illegal.
stevieB October 01, 2012 at 04:59 AM
Yep sexually assaulting several women isn't illegal..you guts have to be on his payroll...wonder if he did that to your mom..stilll nothing wrong huh..yeah ok. Oh yeah lead the police on a foot chase then gave s fake name..yes that's fine..glad this incompetent democratic clown doesnt represent me. It's clear now why Arlington has the rep it does.

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