Massachusetts

The Law and Filming Cops

by Shawn on September 20, 2012

in Criminal Justice, General

Charged with a Crime? Please call (800) 759-5813. It comes as little surprise that the laws surrounding electronic recording trail desperately behind the evolution and dispersion of recording technology. Unlike the rapid advance of innovation, the legislative process is slow, and often guided by those who neither understand nor appreciate the interaction of technology and […]

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A Massachusetts state legislator has introduced a bill to make it more difficult for accused drug offenders to game the court system as a result of current evidence requirements. About Connect with me on Google+More Posts (198)

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Drowsy Driving

by dave on December 15, 2009

in Drunk Driving

A good article in the cape cod times on the dangers of drowsy driving. The article cites statistics from the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration that shows that drowsy driving is a factor in over 1500 road fatalities and 100,000 accidents a year. Yet in most cases there is no criminal penalty for knowingly […]

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This fall’s Boston Bar Journal has an excellent overview of the Melendez-Diaz decision it’s legal origins, and practical implications going forward. The author discusses prior cases such as Crawford v. Washington, and more recent cases (Tabaka v. District of Colombia and Grant v. Commonwealth of Virginia) that expand the scope of the Melendez-Diaz decision. Also […]

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The Melendez-Diaz decision continues to reverberate in criminal court cases that use documentary evidence without expert testimony. In Commonwealth of Massachusetts v. Hollister, the Massachusetts Appeals Court determined that a certified document of ballistic evidence in a gun possession case violated the defendants right to confront his accuser, as outlined in Melendez-Diaz. About Connect with […]

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Massachusetts is considering new drunk driving laws that would require an ignition interlock device for anyone convicted of even a first offense drunk driving charge (OUI). About Connect with me on Google+More Posts (198)

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Juvenile Assault with A Dangerous Weapon

by dave on September 22, 2009

in Assault

A 13 year old middle schooler in Massachusetts was charged in a BB gun shooting of multiple fellow students. About Connect with me on Google+More Posts (198)

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Local Massachusetts DA fight for tougher assault laws involving weapons use.

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