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Dec 1, 2002 - Blueblood might be on the run; Police seek Spaulding in racial attack

Boston Herald - Boston, Mass.

Author:

Doug Hanchett

Date:

Dec 1, 2002

Start Page:

005

Section:

NEWS

The North Shore blueblood wanted in connection with last week's racially charged beating of three black girls at an MBTA station remained at large yesterday and may have gone underground to avoid stiff felony charges, sources said.
Authorities have thus far been unable to track down 23-year-old Josiah A. Spaulding III, prompting fears he may have gone on the lam.
"Everybody's looking for him," said one source, speaking on the condition of anonymity.
"I don't think he's gone too far, but with his resources he could get out of town."
On Friday, a Boston Municipal Court judge issued an arrest warrant for Spaulding, known as "Jazz" to his wealthy relatives while growing up in the upper crust enclave of Hamilton.
Authorities say Spaulding, whose last known address was in Cambridge, attacked a trio of black teenage girls at a T station eight days ago, beating them over the head with a collapsible aluminum baton.
The girls, ages 13 to 17, were taken to Massachusetts General Hospital and treated for lacerations to the head. T officials say each of them later picked out Spaulding's mugshot from a photo lineup.
He will be charged with three counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, as well as civil rights violations for allegedly punctuating the ferocious beating with racist venom. He faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.
Spaulding comes from distinguished Yankee bloodlines. His late grandfather, Josiah "Si" Spaulding, was a powerful GOP political leader who once welcomed President Nixon to his Manchester-by-the- Sea home for dinner. He went on to found Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital after running unsuccessful campaigns for the U.S. Senate in 1970, against Edward M. Kennedy, and attorney general in 1974, against Frank Belotti.
Spaulding's father, Josiah Spaulding Jr., is president and CEO of the Wang Center. A one-time folk singer, he's better known among Boston's high society as Joe Spaulding.
News of Spaulding's arrest warrant filtered down to his family Friday night, prompting his father to call both Boston and T police in search of more information.
"The suspect's father has made contact with T police," said T spokesman Joe Pesaturo.
"Obviously we're not going to get into the nature of the conversation with (the media)."
Despite the father's interest in the case, sources say the younger Spaulding appears estranged from his prominent family. They say he hopped a T turnstile prior to the attack, perhaps indicating he has little access to his family's riches.
"I'm not sure he's been close to his family the last few years," said the source.
But investigators think he might be in hiding with the help of some his pals from "The Pit" at Harvard Square - a haven for disaffected youth, many of whom hail from wealthy families.
"`I think he's wandering (or) he's got some friends who are hiding him," the source said. "Most of the kids from The Pit, that's what they are: rich white kids."
Joe Spaulding, who divorced his namesake's mother in the mid- 1990s and later remarried, didn't return messages left with a servant at his mother's Manchester estate over the last two days or at his Wang Center office. There was no answer at his island retreat in Vinalhaven, Maine.
A young woman who answered the phone at the Spaulding family home in Hamilton refused comment yesterday.
"No, I'm sorry," she said before abruptly hanging up.
The attack, which happened in an underground concourse between the Park Street and Downtown Crossing T stations, was precipitated by a beef between the victims and some of Spaulding's friends.
A couple of girls in the group of "punk rock" kids, including one with green hair, exchanged stares with the victims. That escalated into some verbal sparring before the two sides began pushing and shoving.
While T officials say Spaulding is likely to be the only one charged in the case, investigators are looking at whether his female friends also could be in trouble.
"The girls may have been the catalyst for the whole thing, setting the (victims) up," said the source.
Caption: SPAULDING: At large after alleged racially charged beating.

Jul 4, 2003 - Spaulding indicted on race-based attack rap

Spaulding indicted on race-based attack rap

Boston Herald - Boston, Mass.

Author:

DAVID WEBER

Date:

Jul 4, 2003

Start Page:

012

Section:

NEWS

A member of a prominent old-line North Shore family was indicted yesterday in connection with a racially motivated attack on two black girls at the Park Street MBTA station last fall.
Josiah "Josh" Spaulding III, 23, is scheduled to be arraigned July 18 on two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (metal baton), and four counts of civil rights violations.
Spaulding allegedly was among a group of men who beat up two teenage black girls at Park Street station about 9:30 p.m. on Nov. 22.
Shortly after the attack, Spaulding fled to Amsterdam, but finally was convinced to return to Boston and surrender to police in February. Prior to his surrender, police searched a U-Haul storage unit he rented and seized a metal baton and numerous boxes of neo- Nazi propaganda.
Since his return to the United States, Spaulding also has been charged with violating the civil rights of a Jewish woman in East Boston. He allegedly told her, "You (expletive) fat Jew. I'm going to gas you and your family. You sick (expletive), I'm going to murder you."
Spaulding has been estranged from his father, Josiah "Joe" Spaulding Jr., president and CEO of the Wang Center. His grandfather, Josiah "Si" Spaulding, was a high-level Republican Party official.
Caption: JOSIAH SPAULDING III

July 18, 2006 - Spaulding son is convicted of assault, not rights violation

Spaulding son is convicted of assault, not rights violation

By Shawntaye Hopkins, Globe Correspondent  |  July 18, 2006
A white man accused of beating two black teenagers in what prosecutors said was a racially motivated attack was convicted of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon yesterday, but was found not guilty of civil or constitutional rights violations.

The defendant, Josiah Spaulding III, 26, stood in Suffolk Superior Court as a clerk read Judge Charles T. Spurlock's decision.
Spurlock, who did not address the courtroom, ordered Spaulding's bail revoked and sent him to Bridgewater State Hospital for 40 days of evaluation. Spaulding is expected back in court for sentencing on Aug. 25.
He was accused of shouting racial slurs as he beat the teenagers in a co ncourse between the Park Street MBTA station and Downtown Crossing in November 2002. Prosecutors said Spaulding had participated in a group that racially taunted teens.
The two victims were taken to Massachusetts General Hospital and treated for injuries that were not life-threatening.
After a trip to Amsterdam, Spaulding turned himself in to police in February 2003.
He pleaded not guilty to all charges.
An assistant district attorney, David Fredette, said in a statement ``that the circumstances of this case warranted additional convictions, but we respect Judge Spurlock's decision and his consideration of the facts."
The maximum sentence for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon is 10 years in prison; the minimum sentence is probation, according to the Suffolk district attorney's office.
Spaulding's lawyer, Thomas Hoopes, declined to comment.
During the trial, prosecutors alleged that Spaulding was a ``skinhead." MBTA police found a large collection of Nazi paraphernalia, a receipt for the metal baton used in the attack, and handwritten hate messages in a storage space leased by Spaulding.
But Hoopes argued that Spaulding was defending his girlfriend, who, he said, was being beaten by one of the black teenagers. And Spaulding never uttered a racial epithet during the confrontation, Hoopes said.
Defense lawyers said Spaulding has mental health issues.
Josiah Spaulding Jr., the defendant's father, who is president of the Wang Center, sat in the back of the courtroom.
An unidentified woman answering the telephone at the home of the defendant's father refused to comment. Messages that were left seeking comment on the matter were not returned.
The victims, who were in court yesterday, did not want to address the court or speak with media. Fredette told the judge yesterday that one of the victims had moved to Florida, apparently because of the attack.
``She has had nightmares," he said. ``She still thinks about this incident; it still affects her greatly."
(Correction: Because of a reporting error, a quote in a story about the assault and battery conviction of Josiah Spaulding III in yesterday's City & Region section should have been attributed to a statement issued by Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley, not a statement by assistant district attorney David Fredette.)
© Copyright 2006 Globe Newspaper Company.

August 25, 2006 - Spaulding sentenced in MBTA assault

Spaulding sentenced in MBTA assault

By Boston.com Staff  |  August 25, 2006
BOSTON (AP) -- A member of a prominent North Shore family was sentenced to five years of probation today for his role in an attack nearly four years ago that had racial overtones.
Josiah Spaulding, 3rd, was convicted last month of two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon for hitting two teenage girls with a metal baton.
Spaulding was among several people involved in an altercation at the Park Street MBTA station in November 2002.
Witnesses testified that Spaulding himself did not yell racial epithets during the incident, but that several people with him did.
Police later found racist literature in a storage locker rented by Spaulding and described him as a "skinhead" during the trial.
In addition to probation, Spaulding was ordered to perform community service and remove several Nazi tattoos from his body.
He was acquitted of civil rights violations in connection with the attack.
Spaulding's father is president of the Wang Center in Boston, and his grandfather once headed the state Republican Party.
(Material from Associated Press was used in this report.) 

August 25, 2006 - Man convicted of attacking black teens ordered to attend museums

Man convicted of attacking black teens ordered to attend museums

August 25, 2006
BOSTON --A judge's sentence in an attack on two black girls requires a member of a prominent North Shore family to remove racist tattoos from his body and visit the Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C., among other things.
Suffolk Superior Court Judge Charles Spurlock on Friday ordered Josiah Spaulding III to serve five years of probation in the 2002 attack, which prosecutors said was racially motivated. Spaulding, 26, is white, and was described by prosecutors at his trial as a "skinhead."
In addition to requiring the museum visit and tattoo removal, Spurlock ordered Spaulding to perform 200 hours of community service at the Pine Street Inn or a veteran's shelter; visit the historic African Meeting House in Boston; pay full restitution to the two victims for expenses related to the attack; continue with mental health treatment; and stay away from the two victims.
Spaulding was convicted of two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon for striking the two teenage girls inside the Park Street MBTA station in downtown Boston on Nov. 22, 2002.
Spurlock, who heard the jury-waived case, acquitted Spaulding of four civil rights and constitutional violations.
Spaulding was among a group of nine people who argued with three black teens inside the subway station.
During his trial, several people who had been with Spaulding testified that he never uttered a racial epithet during the confrontation, but his girlfriend did.
The witnesses said one of the black teens responded by pushing Spaulding's girlfriend up against the wall, hitting her with a bottle and choking her.
Spaulding hit the girl on the back of the head with a collapsible metal baton, according to the witnesses. He also hit a second girl who had not been involved in the confrontation, they said.
Spaulding's attorney, Tom Hoopes, said he approved of his client's sentence. Prosecutors also approved.
"Judge Spurlock's sentence is one that addresses the very nature of the underlying offense," said Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley.
During the trial, prosecutors said they found Nazi paraphernalia and white supremacist literature in a locker he rented in Medford.
Spaulding is the son of Josiah A. Spaulding Jr.., president and chief executive of the Wang Center theater in Boston, and the grandson of Josiah A. Spaulding, the founder of Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and one-time head of the state Republican Party.

 
 
 
Aug 31, 2006 - Op-Ed ; Scion's sentence seems light

Boston Herald - Boston, Mass.

Author:

ALAN LUPO

Date:

Aug 31, 2006

Start Page:

31

Section:

EDITORIAL

The sentence raises the age-old question of whether everyone is equal before the law.
If Josiah Spaulding III of the North Shore were Joe Spaulding, also white, but of Everett, or Jo-Jo Spaulding, black, of Mattapan, or Jose Spaulding, Latino, of Lynn, would he avoid prison after being convicted of beating two women with a metal baton?
Would he, instead, be ordered to do 200 hours of community service and visit a couple of museums dedicated to the victims of racism?
Spaulding, convicted of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon - the baton that he used to smack two black teenagers in the Park Street MBTA station four years ago - can stay out of prison if he behaves during his five years of probation and keeps clear of his victims.
There's more. Superior Court Judge Charles Spurlock ordered him to get his racist tattoos removed, visit the African Meeting House in Boston and the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., pay restitution to the two women and do that community service at a homeless shelter.
It's an interesting and creative sentence, and, who knows, maybe this emotionally disturbed man in his late 20s can learn something from it and end up worthy of the family name. His father runs the Wang Center, and his late grandfather chaired the Republican State Committee.
But the sentence, imposed rather than the two years imprisonment requested by prosecutors, raises the age-old question of whether everyone is equal before the law, whether the benefits of class, privilege, money and race entitle criminals to the stay-out-of-jail card.
There's nothing to indicate that Judge Spurlock, an African- American, was playing any of those cards. Spurlock was named to the District Court bench in 1986 by Democratic Gov. Mike Dukakis and to the Superior Court by Republican Gov. Bill Weld in 1992. Before that, he had served as an assistant U.S. attorney and a public defender.
One might agree or disagree with any of his decisions, but he is not a hack or a showboat. He has been described as hard-working, fair and tough when need be.
When I read of such controversial decisions by the bench, I need to remind myself that second-guessing them is too often a cheap shot. As a young reporter 45 years ago, I covered plenty of trials. I learned quickly that one must pay attention to every nuance, every subtlety, every shade of gray, every question and answer in order to understand why a judge or jury might arrive at a given conclusion.
For me, then, to sit home, far from the Spaulding trial, and presume to know what it might signify for society is something I try to avoid. When blabbermouth "legal experts" on television yap, for example, on what may or may not happen in a controversial legal case, I walk out of the room in disgust.
Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley said Spurlock's sentence was "wise and thoughtful." But, personally, having no knowledge of what might be considered extenuating circumstances, I would like to have seen some jail time too, and I do wonder how a black, Latino, Asian or lower-income white Spaulding, accused of the same crime, might fare in court.
Talk back to Alan Lupo at alupo@comcast.net.
Credit: By ALAN LUPO


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