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Ex-con to license cops: Don't boot the messenger


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Re: Ex-con to license cops: Don't boot the messenger
 
Michele McPhee's article about Boston's bike messenger law missed an important point regarding the law.

Boston's bike messenger license does not prevent "guys like" John McCambridge and other ex-cons from gaining "access to secure buildings" and delivering packages. It merely prevents them from using a bicycle to do it.

They can walk or use a car, skateboard, roller skates, pogo stick or any other mode of transportation just not a bike.
 
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More on Boston's law
 
 

 
Ex-con to license cops: Don't boot the messenger
 
Boston Herald, December 21, 2004
 
By Michele McPhee
 
A 67-year-old ex-con who served time for shooting his best friend in the heart and head before dumping his body on the Southeast Expressway in 1993 is battling Boston police after the city denied him a bike messenger license.
 
John McCambridge, who confessed to squeezing off two bullets from a derringer at fellow homeless advocate Richard Doyle, 62, and tossing his body on the highway before crashing near the Granite Avenue exit in Milton during a booze-fueled fury on Nov. 11, 1993, will appear in front of the Boston Police License Unit this morning to argue his case.
McCambridge - who was the first defendant in Suffolk County to represent himself at his 1994 murder trial - had applied for the license within the past month but was denied on the basis of his lengthy criminal rap sheet, police said. Bike messengers working in Boston must have a license issued by city police.
 
McCambridge was released from prison shortly after a federal appeals court overturned his manslaughterconviction in September 2001, ruling he did not receive a fair trial.
 
``A bike messenger has access to secure buildings. Who wants a guy like this delivering their packages?'' said one police official who asked not to be named.
   
Before killing Doyle, McCambridge had also served time on a 1966 manslaughter charge and for bank robbery.
 
McCambridge could not be reached for comment yesterday.