State's highest court blasts Charlestown court for sitting on possible assault-and-battery case for nearly three years

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that if a Boston Police officer wants to pursue a potential assault-and-battery charge against her district commander, she needs to first file an appeal in the court where a clerk-magistrate found no probable cause for the charge.

In its ruling, which rejected the unnamed officer's request that it take up the matter, the court noted the case's tortuous path through the court system - the officer first filed it in West Roxbury Municipal Court, but it was transferred to Charlestown and ultimately to Dedham District Court as both she and her supervisor sought to have the case moved out of West Roxbury and then all of Boston due to potential conflict-of-interest issues.

The justices issued a stern rebuke to the Charlestown court:

The nearly three-year delay in the Charlestown Division of the Boston Municipal Court Department is unacceptable. There is no excuse for this period of delay in any case scheduled for a clerk-magistrate's hearing. See G. L. c. 218, § 35A. The delay in this case is particularly troubling. The parties and the community are not just entitled to a fair and just adjudication of this matter. The perception of justice must also be scrupulously protected. Here, it was not. As a result, no matter how just the result in this case may be, to the petitioner and perhaps others, justice is tainted by the delay.

Men convicted of 1968 double murder in a Mission Hill drugstore get to stay in prison until they die, court rules

For the seventh time, the Supreme Judicial Court declined to overturn Paul Robinson's conviction for the murders of Patrick Hughes and his nephew, also named Patrick Hughes, in the family drugstore on Tremont Street across from Mission Church on Dec. 21, 1968.

In a separate ruling today, the court rejected a similar appeal by George McGrath, who was also sentenced to life without parole for his role in the two victims' death.

The court ruled that, again, Robinson failed to provide any new legal reasoning to merit the court considering whether to overturn his conviction of life without possibility of parole. That the court considered his appeal was a minor victory for Robinson - his latest request for a hearing before the state's highest court had been rejected by a single justice and the court normally considers such denials "final and unreviewable."

In 1969, a Suffolk Superior Court jury convicted Robinson and McGrath of shooting both Hughes and his nephew in the head during a robbery. Police found the two lying atop each other behind the drugstore's counter.

According to his own testimony, Robinson spent the hours before the robbery downing 10 vodkas and 7-Ups, smoking pot, and injecting himself with heroin.

Remembering Big Mike, well known guy in the Chinatown kung-fu scene

Adam Cheung says farewell to Mike Lowney

[T]o me, Big Mike was mostly a person who came by the school to visit my Sifu [teacher], a white guy who spoke Cantonese and Taishanese and had studied countless types of Kung Fu both in Chinatown, Hong Kong, and China. He was well known for his loyalty to his Sifu, which many Chinese saw as uncharacteristic for most American students. He had embraced the Chinese culture full on and even become somewhat of a legend to a generation between mine and his of young Chinese men who took it upon themselves to recount his great exploits to me. ...

"He would break those big rocks and bricks and walk around carrying a sword like one of those 'dai hup'" a Wuxia Hero. The closest thing to that image in American culture would be a cowboy... and more recently Kung Fu Panda (the first one) makes fun of this image with Po imagining himself to be the wandering hero. But to many in Chinatown, including Chinese, Big Mike was the real deal.

Two Back Bay restaurants shut over salmonella cases

NBC Boston reports Back Bay Sandwich and Café Med on St. James Avenue were shut by city inspectors. For Café Med, it's the second time this year ISD inspectors found problems there.

An inspection on May 18 found cheese and beef turnovers, spanikopita, cheese pie, chicken, rice and cooked mousaka being held at well below the 140-degree required temperature. Feta cheese, meanwhile, was being kept at 74 degrees, baklava at 83 degrees and ground beef at 62 degrees. Also:

Employee observed smoking and not properly washing hands when returning to work station. Food handlers observed multi tasking wearing gloves continuously working with food contact and non food contact surfaces and food products. Employees observed not properly washing hands before changing gloves. Employees observed touching facial hair multiple times without properly washing hands. Manager observed rinsing hands in food prep sink.

On March 7, an inspector found chicken thawing at room temperature, hot water used for hand washing not hot enough and two handwash sinks without soap or paper towels.

Inspections at Back Bay Sandwich on May 17 and 18 found the water not warm enough at sinks, salad items and cold cuts too warm, evidence of a rodent infestation, and:

Employees multitasking wearing disposable gloves (touching ready to eat food food and non food contacts and various food items without removing gloves and properly washing hands)

Four convicted of 2013 murder in Dorchester

A Suffolk Superior Court jury today convicted Omar Bonner, Omar Denton, Andrew Robertson and Javaine Watson of first-degree murder for the shooting death of Romeo McCubbin, 25, on Havelock Street on Dec. 13, 2013, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports:

During two weeks of trial, Assistant District Attorney Ian Polumbaum introduced evidence and testimony proving that the defendants ambushed McCubbin as he sat in a vehicle on Havelock Street at about 1:45 am on Dec. 14, 2013. The evidence showed that Watson drove Robertson to the scene, where Robertson shot McCubbin repeatedly before Watson drove him away. McCubbin crawled out of his vehicle, at which point Bonner and Denton approached him on foot. Bonner shot McCubbin repeatedly and Denton kicked him as he lay dying on the ground. Bonner and Denton fled in a vehicle driven by Denton.

The verdict means a mandatory sentence of life without parole for the four.