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Supplement to the 2016 Massachusetts Guide to Evidence posted on Jul 1

The Supreme Judicial Court’s Advisory Committee on Massachusetts Evidence Law has issued an online supplement to the annual Massachusetts Guide to Evidence. The online supplement includes short summaries of important opinions of the Supreme Judicial Court and Appeals Court relating to the development and evolution   …Continue Reading Supplement to the 2016 Massachusetts Guide to Evidence

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Comments Invited on Proposed Changes to Criminal Rule 15 posted on Jun 30

The SJC Standing Advisory Committee on the Rules of Criminal Procedure invites comments on a proposed amendment to Mass. R. Crim. P. 15(a)(3). The Standing Advisory Committee previously proposed deleting Rule 15(a)(3) as that provision no longer reflects the law. The Standing Advisory Committee now   …Continue Reading Comments Invited on Proposed Changes to Criminal Rule 15

Amendments to the Telemarketing Rule posted on Jun 29

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has finalized changes to Telemarketing Sales Rule (“TSR” or “Rule”). These amendments define and prohibit the use of certain payment methods in all telemarketing transactions; expand the scope of the advance fee ban for recovery services; and clarify certain provisions of the   …Continue Reading Amendments to the Telemarketing Rule

Governor Baker nominates 3 justices for Supreme Judicial Court posted on Jun 15

Governor Baker nominates 3 justices for Supreme Judicial Court

Governor Charlie Baker introduced three Superior Court justices yesterday to fill three impending vacancies on Massachusetts’ highest court.  The judges, Kimberly Budd, Frank Gaziano and David Lowy will replace Associate Justices Fernanda Duffly, Francis Spina, and Robert Cordy who are all retiring this summer.  The   …Continue Reading Governor Baker nominates 3 justices for Supreme Judicial Court

9th Circuit Issues Ruling in Concealed Firearms Case posted on Jun 15

The US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit has issued an opinion stating that the right of a person to carry a concealed firearm in public is not protected by the Second Amendment. The appellants in the case of Peruta v. County of San Diego  argued   …Continue Reading 9th Circuit Issues Ruling in Concealed Firearms Case

The Miranda Warning at 50 posted on Jun 13

On June 13,1966: Miranda rights were established. Also known as the Miranda warning, the Supreme Court’s decision in Miranda v. Arizona established the principle that every person taken into police custody must be informed of their Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination before questioning, and Sixth Amendment rights   …Continue Reading The Miranda Warning at 50