- Associated Press - Thursday, January 23, 2014

BOSTON (AP) - The Massachusetts House has approved an order allowing the Ethics Committee to require witnesses to appear before the panel, a move with implications for the case of a Boston representative convicted of assaulting a former girlfriend.

The order, gaveled through without debate Thursday, gives the House Ethics Committee the power to “take custody of and secure any witnesses appearing before the committee” - raising the possibility that Rep. Carlos Henriquez could appear before the committee.

The order doesn’t mention Henriquez by name, but refers to a complaint received by the committee on Jan. 15 - the day Henriquez was sentenced to six months in jail, prompting calls for his resignation.

The Boston Democrat was found guilty of two assault and battery charges and is expected to appeal.

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