MGL c.85, § 11E, governing traffic citations for bicyclists, becomes effective on January 1, 2011. The law provides: A cyclist stopped by a police officer must give his name and address. A police officer witnessing a traffic violation by a cyclist should use the same procedure …Continue Reading New Bicycle Law Effective Tomorrow
Today’s Boston Globe includes an article on people who “harvest” deer killed in accidents, and includes the statement “Massachusetts law requires that the driver of the car get first dibs on the deer.” Really? Yes, really. 321 CMR 2.04 provides that an “eligible person” has …Continue Reading We Had to Look It Up
Last week, Gov. Patrick signed a significant new homestead law, St.2010, c.395, which will take effect next March. Here are some highlights: Automatically protects up to $125,000 in home equity without filing Protects up to $500,000 for those who file for homestead protection Allows spouses …Continue Reading New Homestead Law
Yesterday, in Smith v. McDonald, the SJC decided a case in which an unmarried mother moved out of state with her child before paternity was adjudicated, and without the permission of the putative father. The court held: Permission to relocate, however, is not required when …Continue Reading Child Custody and Parental Relocation
Yesterday, in Comm. v. Jerry Dixon, the Supreme Judicial Court ruled that the return of a DNA indictment tolled the 15 year statute of limitations in a rape case. In so holding, the court wrote: Where a general John Doe indictment, bereft of any particularity, …Continue Reading DNA Indictment Tolls Statute of Limitations
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