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Post-Conviction Relief & Gatekeeper

WILLIAM M. TYREE VS. COMMONWEALTH (FEB. 2019) [Post-Conviction Relief, “Gatekeeper”] The petitioner, William M. Tyree, was convicted of murder in the first degree in 1980. The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the conviction on appeal… Read More
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Search and Seizure, Evidence, Scientific Test, & Jury Instructions

COMMONWEALTH VS. JAMEL BANNISTER (FEB. 2019) [Search and Seizure, Evidence, Scientific Test, & Jury Instruction] Overview On February 28, 2013, Courtney Jackson was shot twice in the back as he boarded a bus at the Massachusetts Bay Transportatio… Read More
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License to Carry a Firearm

JAKE NICHOLS VS. CHIEF OF POLICE OF NATICK & OTHERS (JAN. 2019) [License to Carry a Firearm]  Overview Jake Nichols applied to the Natick Police Department for a Class A (large capacity) license to carry in October 2015. Nichols had a fifteen-y… Read More
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Evidence, Closing Arguments, Jury Instructions, & Effectiveness of Council

COMMONWEALTH VS. DAVID COPELAND (JAN. 2019)  [Evidence, Closing Arguments, Jury Instructions, & Effectiveness of Council]  Overview             On July 29, 2008, John Marshall was stabbed to death in a parking lot in the Roxbury sect… Read More
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TEMPORARY BAN ON BREATHALYZER TESTS AS EVIDENCE IN COURT

TEMPORARY BAN ON BREATHALYZER TESTS AS EVIDENCE IN COURT January 10, 2018 A Massachusetts District Court has ruled that no Breathalyzer tests administered in the state can be used as evidence in court until the office of Alcohol Testing proves the ac… Read More
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District Court Diversion, Child Diversion

CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM ACT OF 2018: DIVERSION:  On April 13, 2018 Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed into law S.2371 & H.4012 or An Act Relative to Criminal Justice Reform. The new law makes several sweeping changes to criminal justice… Read More
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EVIDENCE WITH REDACTED MATERIAL

EVIDENCE WITH REDACTED MATERIAL This post will answer the following legal questions about evidence with redacted material: In a court of law, what is redacted material? Why do courts redact certain documents? In a court of law, what is redacted mat… Read More
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HOMICIDE BY A MOTOR VEHICLE (FELONY)

HOMICIDE BY A MOTOR VEHICLE (FELONY) This post will answer the following questions on the criminal offense of homicide by a motor vehicle: What does Commonwealth law have to say on the criminal offense of homicide by a motor vehicle? How does the C… Read More
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REPRIMAND OF COUNCIL

REPRIMAND OF COUNCIL  This post will answer the following legal questions about when a counselor is reprimanded:  What does it mean when a judge “reprimands” a counselor of law? What are the responsibilities of both a judge and an attorney r… Read More
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CONSIDERATION OF BUSINESS RECORDS

CONSIDERATION OF BUSINESS RECORDS This post will answer the following legal questions on consideration of business records: When are jurors allowed to consider business records? Can a judge require that the party offering the business records into e… Read More
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