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6th Worcester seat in limbo

Case ready for trial on Jan. 14

Robert DeLeo. (click for larger version)
January 04, 2011
The Speaker of the House plans to let the 6th Worcester District court case “work its way out,” leaving the seat contested between Democrat Geraldo Alicea and Republican Peter Durant untenanted for the time being.

“I think that probably within the next week or two, there’s going to be a decision relative to one ballot which could mean either [Alicea] loses by a vote or is tied,” Speaker Robert DeLeo, D-Winthrop, said Monday afternoon. “So it would be my goal to let the court action play out. I think that’s the fairest way for the constituents in the Worcester District where this election was held and then let the voters decide.”

That’s what Durant said he was hoping for, if DeLeo wasn’t willing to swear Durant himself in. Speaking earlier that day, the Spencer Republican said he didn’t expect DeLeo to actually seat him under these circumstances and wasn’t planning to attend the formal ceremonies Wednesday because of work commitments.

The court case is essentially in the home stretch, with both sides concluding depositions earlier this week and a final status hearing Thursday before going to trial Jan. 14.

Durant said he thinks both sides are ready, describing Alicea’s case as “relatively simple.”

“It’s this stalled hurry-up-and-wait kind of thing now,” he said. “We will be prepared for the 14th, and everybody would like to see a very speedy resolution to this.”

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