Just when I thought the ghosts of Marshfield were laid to rest forever they decide to rear their heads once again.
For those of you who missed the story 6 years ago let me try to recap it as quickly as possible.
Then 16-year-old Tobin Kerns was arrested for plotting an attack on Marshfield High school in Marshfield, Mass. When I first posted about Tobin’s arrest it seems that all of Marshfield e-mailed me or commented and pointed the finger at another suspect, Joe Nee. Eventually, Nee was also arrested and my suspicions started to turn to Nee as the true mastermind against the plot. Nee had previously been in trouble at the school for wearing a homemade t-shirt that memorialized the Columbine killers. At the time of his arrest, Nee was staying with the Kerns family because he had been thrown out of his own house and the majority of the evidence for the plot was found in Nee’s room. Complicating matters was the fact that Nee is the son of not only a Boston cop but his father was also head of the Boston police union. In my opinion, there was much favoritism given to Nee that Tobin didn’t have. It is also said that Tobin eventually got psychiatric help that he needed and broke off from the plot and most reasonable people believe that Nee went to the cops before Tobin could implicate him.
Tobin was wrongfully convicted in my opinion but Nee was convicted also and spent some time in jail. Now Nee has the audacity to try to get his conviction overturned. He is arguing he should have been convicted under the argument of “renunciation”. What that means is he believes he should not have been convicted because he supposedly renounced the plot. From what I’ve read over the past six years the evidence says otherwise yet here we are. His argument will be heard by the Mass. Supreme Judicial Court. To make this request even more audacious Mass. does not even recognize renunciation as a defense against the conspiracy charges that Nee was convicted of. He’s saying that he stopped the crime by going to police and implicating Tobin but at no time did he ever admit his own involvement in the plot.
If Nee’s conviction actually gets overturned then I think the police departments of both Marshfield and Boston and the Supreme Judicial Court should be investigated for conspiracy.