If a retired Army officer wants to continue suing the state because Barack Obama was on the 2012 presidential ballot, he's going to have to pay court fees on his own, the Supreme Judicial Court ruled today.
William Reade, a retired lieutenant colonel who lives on the Cape, has been seeking a waiver of his court fees under a state law that lets judges waive costs for people who fall below certain income and asset levels.
But the state's highest court noted that neither of those are related to a person's ability to pay court fees. And after looking at statements of his total income and assets, the justices agreed with lower-court judges, who decided three times that Reade makes more than enough money to pay those fees.
Reade claims Obama is not a US citizen and so shouldn't have been on the ballot. And he claims that by refusing to even investigate his complaint, Secretary of State William Galvin violated his rights and that then Attorney General Martha Coakley compounded the violations by not investigating why Galvin refused to investigate his claim.
He filed suit in state court in 2013 after a federal judge tossed his similar lawsuit, saying neither federal nor state law required Galvin to investigate his claim and that he had no standing to sue in the first place.
The federal judge did agree to waive his court costs in that action - in the same ruling in which he dismissed his suit.
One man was stabbed and another suffered lacerations to his hands in an incident around 11:10 a.m. on Mason Street near Avery. The more seriously injured man is expected to survive. Police are investigating whether they got stabbed when they tried to rob a man who happened to have a knife on him.
A West Roxbury man who already has one conviction for indecent exposure was arraigned on a new charge yesterday after he allegedly spent some quality time with his privates in his car in full view of the public in Brighton, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports, adding police are looking at his possible involvement in other incidents in Brighton.
Stanislav Englegardt, 24, was arrested by Newton Police after a woman reported spotting him taking care of himself in an Accord on South Street to Boston College Police on Tuesday. According to the DA's office, BC officers spotted the car, then followed it into Newton, where Newton Police stopped it:
In an identification procedure, the South Street woman positively identified the vehicle but was not positive about the operator, Englegardt, who was wearing a purple shirt. During this time, however, BCPD officers learned that Newton PD had just received a call about a suspicious male rubbing his stomach underneath a purple shirt in a black Honda Accord. Also during this time, BPD officers checked Englegardt's record and learned that he had previously been placed on probation for indecent exposure out of Dedham District Court. Based on the totality of circumstances, Englegardt was placed under arrest for the South Street incident.
Prosecutors asked for $10,000 bail and an order that he stay away from BC, wear a GPS monitor and surrender his passport. Judge David Donnelly set bail at the $225 Englegardt posted the night before. He did agree with prosecutors' other requests.
Englegardt was convicted of indecent exposure in Dedham District Court in 2013 after he was arrested for exposing himself to women on a walking trail near the Charles River in Needham. He received a sentence of a year's probation, the DA's office reports.
The City Council yesterday approved an ordinance banning the use of smokeless tobacco at all professional and amateur sports venues in the city. The measure needs the signature of Mayor Walsh, but since he originally proposed it, he'll probably sign it.
At-large City Councilor Michael Flaherty said the measure is a step towards helping young people avoid oral cancer and other problems the stuff can cause.
A man who'd spent 20 years living as a farmer in a Jamaican hamlet is back in Massachusetts today to face charges he tried to kill his ex-girlfriend in Cambridge in 1994 by stabbing her and slashing her neck after breaking into her apartment, State Police report.
Arnold Gabbidon, now 59, will face charges of armed assault with intent to murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, mayhem, threats to commit a crime, armed burglary, stalking and malicious destruction of property at his arraignment in Middlesex Superior Court, State Police say.
State Police report Gabbidon was arrested on Aug. 3 in Recksford District, Clarendon, Jamaica, where investigators had traced him to the home of a relative.
The Jamaica Gleaner reports Gabbidon was a farmer.
Gabbidon, who had a criminal record that included a conviction for a 1980 shooting, had been stalking his ex-girfriend when, State Police say:
In the early morning hours of January 14, 1994 as the victim slept, Gabbidon brutally, viciously, and repeatedly stabbed the victim about her facial area, around her entire neck, slashing her throat, and the back of head. The victim miraculously survived her wounds.
US Marshals flew him back to Boston last night and he is now locked up pending his arraignment.
Around 11:50 p.m. on Wednesday, by a black man, about 25, with a large afro and red clothing over his face, on Central Avenue, possibly on the Milton side, although Boston Police found the victim near River Street in Mattapan.