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Monthly Archives: January 2007

Use of GPS in Domestic Violence Posted on Jan 16

Domestic violence defendants previously in violation of a restraining order may be required to wear a GPS device, under a law passed earlier this month. Chapter 418 of 2006 allows the court to define certain geographic exclusion zones, such as the victim’s workplace or school,   …Continue Reading Use of GPS in Domestic Violence

Police Vehicles and the Law Posted on Jan 10

Peter DeMarco had a great column in the Boston Globe recently on the laws affecting the operation of police vehicles. Here are a few quotes about what police officers can’t do. From Quincy Police Captain John Dougan, “We don’t have the right of way all   …Continue Reading Police Vehicles and the Law

Child Brides Posted on Jan 8

In Massachusetts, under MGL c.207, s. 25, a person under eighteen cannot marry without parental consent . Massachusetts does not have a law specifying the minimum age at which a person can marry with a parent’s consent. The process requires court approval, so whether or   …Continue Reading Child Brides

Same-Sex Marriage Amendment Advances Posted on Jan 5

This week, the Massachusetts legislature voted 62-134 to put the proposed constitutional amendment to limit marriage on the November 2008 ballot. The measure needed only 50 votes to pass. It will need to pass again in next year’s legislative session to be placed on the   …Continue Reading Same-Sex Marriage Amendment Advances