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Monthly Archives: August 2011

New Massachusetts Court Reform Law Posted on Aug 31

A court reform bill was signed into law by Governor Patrick earlier this month (Chapter 93 of the Acts of 2011). The legislation provides for the hiring of a court administrator to act as the administrative head of the Trial Court. The court administrator will   …Continue Reading New Massachusetts Court Reform Law

Police lose appeal in cell phone video civil case Posted on Aug 29

When Simon Glik videoed an arrest on Boston Common, the police arrested him for violating the wiretapping statute, among others. Those charges were later dropped, and deemed baseless. Glik then filed a civil suit claiming violation of civil rights. The intelocutory appeal by the police   …Continue Reading Police lose appeal in cell phone video civil case

Is Discovery Rule Applicable When Leak Later Leads to Toxic Mold? Posted on Aug 15

The Appeals Court issued an opinion today in Doherty v. Admiral’s Flagship Condominium Trust, which takes on the issue of whether the discovery rule applies when a leak occurs outside the statute of limitations period causing mold infiltration sometime later. The court said it does: “The   …Continue Reading Is Discovery Rule Applicable When Leak Later Leads to Toxic Mold?

Right to Classification Hearing Not Waived by Failure to Appear Posted on Aug 8

In Doe v. Sex Offender Registry Board, the Supreme Judicial Court decided Friday that the Sex Offender Registry Board exceeding its authority in enacting 803 CMR 1.13(2). The regulation reads: “(2) Failure of the sex offender to appear at the scheduled hearing without good cause   …Continue Reading Right to Classification Hearing Not Waived by Failure to Appear

Level 3 Sex Offender Not Automatically Barred from Rest Home Posted on Aug 8

In Doe v. Boston Police Commissioner, decided Friday, the Supreme Judicial Court held that a level three sex offender was entitled to a hearing before  MGL c.6, s.178K (2)(e) (barring level three offenders from rest homes) could be applied against him. “Even assuming that some level three sex offenders in   …Continue Reading Level 3 Sex Offender Not Automatically Barred from Rest Home