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By Rick Holmes
Nov. 9, 2013 11:15 a.m.

I don’t know or don’t remember the whole story, but two years ago, a Boston TV reporter did one of those breathless exposes on Framingham Building Commissioner Mike Foley. The charges were small-time stuff – playing golf when he should have been working, cutting breaks for developers on building fees, padding his expense account – but the insinuations were strong of more serious corruption. “Where there’s smoke there must be fire” has often been whispered over the years at Framingham’s Memorial Building when some insider has a score to settle with some other insider.
The “I-Team” report brought predictable calls for a full investigation, and the matter was referred to the Middlesex District Attorney’s office, since no one in town government wanted to take responsibility for investigating misbehavior in town government. Foley was placed on paid administrative leave, and kept collecting his $100,000 salary and benefits for a full year.  Then Town Meeting members began raising a stink about paying this guy who wasn’t working, so Foley was fired and everyone waited around for another full year for the DA’s report.
That report finally came out Friday, exonerating Foley of any criminal suspicion. The things Foley did were unethical and improper, DA Marian Ryan said, but not criminal. Besides, “Foley’s conduct was well-known and tolerated for years by subordinates and superiors alike.”
My main question: Why did it take TWO YEARS to figure this out? Ryan said two senior state police detectives and a prosecutor in the Public Protection, Anti-Terrorism, Corruption and Technology Unit investigated the allegations. For two years? How many rounds of golf were they playing while pretending to perform an investigation it seems to me could have been accomplished in a week?
This kind of thing happens all the time, and it seems to be a pattern in the Middlesex DA’s office, which is still allegedly investigating the killing of Andrew Stigliano by an Ashland cop four months ago and won’t say a coherent word about the Marathon bombings – or the triple murder in Waltham more than two years ago.
Justice delayed is justice denied.

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