Category Archives: Massachusetts

Nightclub settlement in Harvard black alum case goes to scholarships Read more: Nightclub settlement in Harvard black alum case goes to scholarships

Boston Business Journal – Applying a settlement obtained from a Theater District nightclub that allegedly discriminated against African Americans, the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office donated $28,500 in grants Tuesday to four organizations that help black students obtain higher education. The money came from the February settlement in the case against the Cure Lounge nightclub in […]

Trial starts in alleged Obama-inspired church fire

A federal court jury in Massachusetts will be hearing opening arguments in the trial of a man charged with burning down a predominantly black church in Springfield because he was upset that Barack Obama was elected president. Opening arguments are set for Monday in the trial of Michael Jacques (JAKES’) at U.S. District Court in […]

Mass. church arson suspect wants confession tossed

One of three white men accused of burning down a predominantly black church in western Massachusetts just hours after the election of Barack Obama has told a judge he played no role in setting the blaze. Michael Jacques Jr. told a federal judge Thursday that investigators bullied him into confessing while he was going through […]

Mass. Gov. Patrick swears in Roderick Ireland; 1st black chief justice of state Supreme Court

Gov. Deval Patrick has sworn in the first black chief justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. Roderick Ireland replaces Margaret Marshall. As chief, Ireland will oversee the state’s sprawling court system, which has been plagued by high caseloads, budget challenges and allegations of political favoritism. Gov. Patrick, the state’s first black chief executive, says […]

Patrick picks Massachusetts’ first black chief justice

Deval Patrick, the first black governor of Massachusetts, on Thursday nominated Roderick L. Ireland to be the first African-American chief justice of the state’s Supreme Judicial Court. Ireland, currently the senior associate justice on the high court, would replace the retiring Chief Justice Margaret Marshall if he’s confirmed by the Governor’s Council, a process that […]

Patrick wins re-election as Mass. gov.

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick bucked the anti-incumbent, pro-Republican trend and won a second term Tuesday with the help of some of the political advisers who hope to do the same in two years for his friend President Barack Obama. Patrick, a black Democrat with an Ivy League resume that resembles Obama’s, defeated Republican Charles Baker, […]

2nd Mass. man pleads guilty in black church fire

A second white man pleaded guilty to setting a fire that destroyed a predominantly black Massachusetts church hours after Barack Obama was elected president. Thomas Gleason Jr. changed his plea in U.S. District Court in Springfield on Tuesday, two days before he was scheduled to go to trial. Gleason pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy […]

Guilty plea expected in Mass. black church arson

One of the three white men who allegedly torched a predominantly black church in western Massachusetts because they were angry with President Barack Obama’s election has agreed to plead guilty, a person familiar with the investigation says. Benjamin Haskell is scheduled to appear in federal court in Springfield on Wednesday for a change of plea […]