Ever since the Windsor Button Shop on Temple Place closed in 2013, restaurant operators keep proposing restaurants for the space - and then keep pulling back. The latest never-will-be is Niku Ramen, which applied for a liquor license last month, then canceled its hearing and which, Boston Restaurant Talk reports, has pulled out for good.
Aquiles Perez, 25, of Hyde Park, admitted yesterday he killed Rafael Guzman in a fight after Guzman asked him to leave a Blue Hill Avenue party for hitting on two women there, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
Perez pleaded in Suffolk Superior Court to charges of voluntary manslaughter, armed assault with intent to murder and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon for the Dec. 21, 2014, incident that also left two other people with knife wounds, the DA's office reports.Judge Christine Roach sentenced him to a term of 14 to 19 years in state prison for Guzmanâ€™s homicide and concurrent terms of 8 to 12 years and 3 to 5 years for the other people's injuries.
According to the DA's office:
Had the case proceeded to trial, Assistant District Attorney Julie Higgins of the DAâ€™s Homicide Unit would have introduced evidence and testimony to show that Perez made advances on two female guests at the Blue Hill Avenue party. Guzman told him to leave the women alone, prosecutors said, leading to a physical confrontation between the two men that ended when Perez stabbed Guzman in the hallway outside the party.
The evidence would have shown that a second man charged at Perez, that the two men fought, and that Perez stabbed this man in the chest during the fracas. The evidence would also have shown that this latter victimâ€™s sister attempted to break the fight up and suffered a laceration to her hand when she did so.
A federal appeals court has confirmed that Red Sox fans can be fair-minded jurors, even if they're deciding the fate of a man who was identified by witnesses because of the Yankees cap he wore.
Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly points us to the decision in the case of David Alcantara, a Rhode Island man sentenced to five years in federal prison after being convicted last year of conspiracy to commit bank fraud and conspiracy to pass counterfeit currency. Alcantara appealed the conviction, arguing, among other things, that repeated references to his hat choice prejudiced his Rhode Island jurors.
In a recent ruling, however, the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Boston said New Englanders are better than that:
[Alcantara] argues that a handful of references to his wearing a New York Yankees baseball cap prejudiced the jury (which he assumes to have been composed of Boston Red Sox fans) against him. As an initial matter, all but two of the cited references occurred during defense counsel's cross-examination. In any event, this testimony, like the references to luxury vehicles discussed above, was relevant to the witnesses' knowledge of Alcantara and his appearance. Any possibility of unfair prejudice was ameliorated when the district court explicitly instructed the Rhode Island jury not to hold Alcantara's wearing of a Yankees hat against him.