The US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit today upheld a five-year sentence for a Bromfield Street hair-salon owner convicted of trying to burn down his shop so he could use the insurance money to move to New York. The decision, written by Judge Jeffrey Howard, begins:
The Book of Isaiah speaks of a time when beauty will replace ashes. Isaiah 61:3. Apparently getting the prophecy backwards, defendant Paul Mare tried to burn down his beauty salon.