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What does the law say on shoplifting? Massachusetts law states: “Any person who intentionally takes possession of, carries away, transfers or causes to be carried away or transferred any merchandise displayed, held, stored or offered for sale by a… Read More
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Defense of Property

What does it mean to defend property? In Massachusetts, the law permits you defend your property against someone who has no right to it, as long as you use reasonable but not deadly force. According to one case, Commonwealth v. Lindsey, 396 Mass. 840… Read More
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Defense of Another

Commonwealth v. Johnson, 412 Mass. 368 makes defending another a criminal defense. Indeed, a person can be found not guilty if they came to the aid of another person using reasonable force. This post will answer some frequently asked questions about… Read More
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