The Federal Courthouse in Boston was transformed into a theatre for Revere-style chicanery on Monday, as former Revere Police officer Todd Randall was ordered held after a hearing that involved an allegation of him fighting with infamous blogger Richard Ireton at the Dunkin’ Donuts on Brown Circle.
Randall, his wife, FBI agents and others testified at the Monday afternoon hearing in which a surveillance video from the Dunkin’ Donuts was played in court – revealing that Randall entered the store and allegedly started a fight with Ireton that ended in both men rolling on the ground.
Two other men were present during the fight, and it is alleged that one of them was former City Councillor Kenny Haggar.
The fight was allegedly precipitated by blog entries that Ireton had written in September. The fracas allegedly took place on Sept. 12th, just after Randall pled out to his original crime of making a false statement to the FBI.
Randall made a plea agreement on Sept. 7th in the case, which involved him taking money to fix cases in Chelsea Court and then lying about it to the FBI. He was awaiting sentencing before Judge Rya Zobel, which was to take place on Dec. 13th. He was likely to see 15 months in federal prison for his crimes.
Now, apparently, all of that is up in the air and he is behind bars.
According to federal court documents, the U.S. Attorney’s office moved to revoke Randall’s release and to issue a warrant for his arrest on Nov. 3rd. A magistrate approved that matter on the same day, and apparently both actions were related to the surveillance video detailing the fight – which would be a violation of Randall’s release.
He was arrested by U.S. Marshall’s last Thursday.
On Monday of this week, a hearing was held on the matter before Clerk Magistrate Jennifer Boal.
Prosecutors detailed Randall as a corrupt cop who still is at odds with the law, while an FBI agent testified that Randall started the fight with Ireton by smacking him in the head upon entering.
Ireton did not testify about the Sept. 12th incident, but apparently did cooperate with the FBI on the matter – according to court records – and even went so far as to tell them he would get his own revenge on the former police officer.
Randall’s wife, a local school teacher, told the court that Ireton has tormented them since the arrest of her husband earlier this year. She indicated that his diatribes on the Internet have even tread upon the couples’ child.
In a statement that the family released to the Journal on Tuesday, the Randall family asked for privacy.
“This has been a difficult time for our family and even though we do not appreciate the constant exposure, we realize the media has a job to do,” read the statement. “All we ask is that the facts are reported fairly and accurately. Since Mr. Randall’s arrest in April, Richard Ireton of The North Shore Tab and myrevere.net has chosen to continuously and relentlessly slander, harass, and taunt Mr. Randall, his wife, and even their 3-year-old daughter both on his website blogs, through comments made to other individuals and in person. At this time, we will have no further comment about the FBI’s case or the incident with Mr. Ireton. We simply ask that the privacy of our family be respected.”
Despite that plea for decency, the court did not see any of Ireton’s writings as reason for attacking the local blogger in the Brown Circle coffee shop.
Randall was turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshall’s and will await his sentencing hearing on Dec. 13th. It is uncertain until that time whether or not Judge Zobel will take the current matter into consideration when handing out Randall’s sentence.