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Monthly Archives: September 2014

Endangered Species Legislation and the 100th Anniversary of the Death of Martha, the Last Passenger Pigeon Posted on Sep 30

Endangered Species Legislation and the 100th  Anniversary of the Death of Martha, the Last Passenger Pigeon

Giant flocks of passenger pigeons, sometimes exceeding three billion birds, once flew over our country. “On September 1, 1914, Martha, the last known Passenger Pigeon, died in the Cincinnati Zoo. Her body was frozen into a block of ice and sent to the Smithsonian Institution, where   …Continue Reading Endangered Species Legislation and the 100th Anniversary of the Death of Martha, the Last Passenger Pigeon

Massachusetts Elections Statistics Posted on Sep 29

PD43+ is a searchable database for Massachusetts elections statistics, extracted from the biannual report of voter registration, turnout, and election results put together by the Massachusetts Secretary’s Office, also known as Public Document 43.  This website is a great resource for those interested in Massachusetts   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Elections Statistics

Crosswalk Courtesy in Massachusetts is Also the Law Posted on Sep 27

General law chapter 89, section 11 lays out the law on crosswalks absent traffic signals. If a motorist is approaching a crosswalk, pedestrians have the right of way if they are in the path of a motorist or if they are within 10 feet of the half   …Continue Reading Crosswalk Courtesy in Massachusetts is Also the Law

Suffolk District Attorney’s Office Introduces Indy, a Golden Retriever and Labrador Mix Posted on Sep 27

District Attorney Daniel Conley recently introduced Indy, a facility dog trained to offer stress relief to people in emotional turmoil.  Indy plans to work at least four years in Suffolk County.  Unlike service animals trained to aid one person with the activities of daily living, Indy   …Continue Reading Suffolk District Attorney’s Office Introduces Indy, a Golden Retriever and Labrador Mix

Thinking of Assisted Living Posted on Sep 26

The intention of assisted living facilities is to offer adults who may need some help with activities such as housecleaning and meals to live on their own. The underlying philosophy of assisted living is based on providing needed services to residents in a way that   …Continue Reading Thinking of Assisted Living

Massachusetts State Undergraduate and Law School Degree in 6 Years Posted on Sep 18

Fitchburg State University and the University of Massachusetts Law School have signed an agreement making it possible for motivated students, set on a career in law, to complete both degrees after three years spent studying at each institution.  Qualified students are guaranteed admission to UMASS Law   …Continue Reading Massachusetts State Undergraduate and Law School Degree in 6 Years

Mandatory GPS for Certain Sex Offenders Posted on Sep 8

In Commonwealth v. Guzman, the SJC decided that the sentencing judge lacked discretion on GPS as a part of probation.The defendant had pleaded guilty to disseminating visual material depicting a child in a state of nudity or sexual conduct. He was charged under G.L. c. 265,   …Continue Reading Mandatory GPS for Certain Sex Offenders

Contract by email Posted on Sep 7

In a recent Superior Court case, Clean Properties, Inc. v Riselli (2014 WL 4082266), the judge ruled that a mechanic’s lien could be enforced against a property owner who emailed her acceptance of the company’s written offer. Judge Salinger wrote: “Nothing in the mechanic’s lien   …Continue Reading Contract by email

Domestic Violence Statutes Amended Posted on Sep 6

On August 8th, Governor Patrick signed Senate bill 2334 into law (Chapter 260 of the Acts of 2014)  amending the Massachusetts domestic violence statutes.   The law includes several new initiatives and changes: 1. Amending the criminal statutes to include the crimes of assault or assault and battery on a   …Continue Reading Domestic Violence Statutes Amended