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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

New Article on Medical Marijuana Posted on Dec 15

The Lowell Law Library recently acquired the 2014 edition of Understanding DUI Evidence.  One of the articles it contains is entitled  “Medical Cannabis and the Law.” With the approval of dispensaries moving along, we thought we would highlight a new resource.  The book is available   …Continue Reading New Article on Medical Marijuana

Amendments to the Federal Rules effective December 1, 2014 Posted on Dec 13

According to United States Courts’ website, “a number of amendments to the Federal Rules of Practice and Procedure and official bankruptcy forms became effective December 1, 2014. The changes to the Federal Rules follow recommendations by the Judicial Conference of the United States, review by the Supreme   …Continue Reading Amendments to the Federal Rules effective December 1, 2014

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

Interim Procedure for Attorney and Self-Represented Party Participation in Juror Voir Dire Posted on Dec 10

The Supreme Judicial Court has announced an interim procedure to implement a new statute, St. 2014, Chapter 254, Section 2, which grants attorneys and self-represented litigants the right to participate in juror voir dire in the Superior Court. Voir dire is the part of the jury   …Continue Reading Interim Procedure for Attorney and Self-Represented Party Participation in Juror Voir Dire