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Monthly Archives: April 2012

Criminal Records reform effective May 4th, 2012 Posted on Apr 27

The CORI reform legislation from 2010 has another key deadline next week. Major changes go into effect that will affect people with criminal records, and most importantly, employers. Jackson Lewis has written a 15 page summary that focuses on the changing requirements for employers. The   …Continue Reading Criminal Records reform effective May 4th, 2012

In honor of Earth Day… Posted on Apr 20

We thought we might highlight some of our topical pages today. If you have trouble with a tree, see our page on Neighbors and Trees. Celebrate at the beach and visit our Beach and Shoreline access page. We also have a page on Recreational Hunting   …Continue Reading In honor of Earth Day…

New cases of note Posted on Apr 13

From the federal district court, Judge Wolfe approves a settlement involving DOC and the isolation of mentally ill prisoners : Disability Law Center v. DOC From the SJC : Breastfeeding mother should have more time for exam in Currier v. National Board of Medical Examiners.   …Continue Reading New cases of note

Testimonial and Non-testimonial Evidence Posted on Apr 13

We’ve added a new page on the Law About Testimonial and Non-Testimonial Evidence in Criminal Cases. This page is designed to get you started on your research on the topic, with links to both cases and print sources.

Strip Searches decision from Supreme Court Posted on Apr 3

The country is abuzz with the recent Supreme Court case Florence v. Burlington. (It’s actually Florence v. Board of Chosen Freeholders of County or Burlington, but…) The decision makes it legal to perform strip searches when any person is taken into custody, regardless of the   …Continue Reading Strip Searches decision from Supreme Court