Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin today issued the following statement on the passing of former Attorney General Herbert F. DeSimone:
"Herb DeSimone will be remembered as a dedicated and principled public servant. In every role he served, he did so with great integrity and honor, matched only by his passion for the law and love for his family. He was respected on both sides of the political aisle for his honesty and his 'roll up the sleeves and get the job done' attitude. He was not afraid to tackle the tough issues and never shied away from a challenge, including indicting and convicting New England mob boss Raymond Patriarca.
"Herb DeSimone was much more than a politician; he was a true statesman. On behalf of the entire staff of the Office of Attorney General, I extend our deepest condolences to his family."