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Monthly Archives: December 2014

Hold-Open Gas Clips are Legal in Massachusetts on January 1, 2015 Posted on Dec 31

As part of the new Massachusetts Comprehensive Fire Safety Code, which goes into effect on January 1, 2015, self service users of gas pumps in Massachusetts may have the opportunity to click on a clip that will make it unnecessary to continuously hold the lever of   …Continue Reading Hold-Open Gas Clips are Legal in Massachusetts on January 1, 2015

Sacco and Vanzetti: Justice on Trial Posted on Dec 30

Sacco and Vanzetti: Justice on Trial

Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, “the good shoemaker and the poor fish peddler”, were charged with murdering two payroll clerks in a shoot-out in South Braintree in 1920. After a controversial trial and several appeals, they were executed in 1927. It has long been debated   …Continue Reading Sacco and Vanzetti: Justice on Trial

Cases on the Road Posted on Dec 23

Cases on the Road

The Law Libraries travel with you.  Access cases wherever you go through our website.  Use our links to read cases from the SJC, Appeals Court,  District Court Appellate Division, and Land Court.  You can also find docket information for the SJC, Appeals Court, Land Court,   …Continue Reading Cases on the Road

Massachusetts Shopping Laws, a Timely Seasonal Topic Posted on Dec 18

As busy  shoppers fill the malls and spend their evenings ordering online during this holiday season, they should keep in mind that there are laws and regulations that govern their purchases and ensuing returns and exchanges.  The Massachusetts Attorney General website has a wealth of   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Shopping Laws, a Timely Seasonal Topic

New Standard for Admission of In-Court Identifications Posted on Dec 17

In Commonwealth v. Crayton, 470 Mass. 228, the Supreme Judicial Court announced today that the court is establishing “a new standard for the admission of in-court identifications where the eyewitness had not previously participated in an out-of-court identification procedure.” The Standard “Where an eyewitness has   …Continue Reading New Standard for Admission of In-Court Identifications

Massachusetts Law Banning Christmas Posted on Dec 16

We often get questions about crazy or unusual laws. This is one we can actually verify! In 1659, the Massachusetts Bay Colony enacted a law called Penalty for Keeping Christmas. The notion was that such “festivals as were superstitiously kept in other countries” were a   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Law Banning Christmas

Past Cases Predict Future Outcomes Posted on Dec 12

Past Cases Predict Future Outcomes

Browsing through one’s books at home can bring reminders of people, places and projects.  A travel book evokes memories of having taken a wonderful trip, or reflects a hoped-for adventure.  We may remember the loved one who gave a special book as a gift.  We may have books on our   …Continue Reading Past Cases Predict Future Outcomes

Happy New Year! Posted on Dec 9

Effective January 1, 2015, Massachusetts will become the 41st state to allow direct wine shipments from large out-of-state wineries.  Massachusetts General Law 138, section 19F was amended by St.2014, c.165, s.162 (H294) to include language allowing shipment of 12 cases per year per purchaser containing not   …Continue Reading Happy New Year!

Free and Open Law Review Articles Posted on Dec 8

Law Review Commons describes itself as the largest free collection of law review articles.  Publications are made available online through their institutions’ bepress Digital Commons repositories.  This Internet site contains over 200 law reviews and extends back to 1852.  Massachusetts law schools represented are Boston   …Continue Reading Free and Open Law Review Articles

Environmental Justice Promoted in Massachusetts Posted on Dec 5

Governor Patrick signed an executive order on November 20, 2014 that he says will promote parks and open spaces in urban neighborhoods.  Executive Order 552  focuses on parks in part as a social justice issue.  “Environmental justice means that all people have a right to be protected   …Continue Reading Environmental Justice Promoted in Massachusetts