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Monthly Archives: June 2015

The Lincoln M. Grant case and the power of books Posted on Jun 30

The Lincoln M. Grant case and the power of books

Several years ago, a woman came into our library with a question that only a book could answer.  She had heard a rumor that a murder was committed on or near her property in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, many years ago, and she didn’t know if the building where   …Continue Reading The Lincoln M. Grant case and the power of books

Earned Sick Time Regulations Effective This Week Posted on Jun 29

The regulations relative to Earned Sick Time (940 CMR 33.00 ) have been finalized and published by the Massachusetts Attorney General. Due to the number of changes the Attorney General’s Office has provided a comprehensive comparison of the draft and final regulations.  Effective date is July   …Continue Reading Earned Sick Time Regulations Effective This Week

Same-Sex Marriage is a Constitutional Right Posted on Jun 26

In Obergefell v. Hodges, decided today, the US Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to choose to marry. “[T]he right to marry is a fundamental right inherent in the liberty of the person, and under the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of the   …Continue Reading Same-Sex Marriage is a Constitutional Right

Colorado Supreme Court rules on employment and medical marijuana Posted on Jun 18

The state of Colorado led the nation in legalizing medical prescriptions for marijuana in 2007.  On Tuesday, the Supreme Court of Colorado issued a decision in a case in which someone who was legally using the drug was fired.  The decision is Coats v.Dish Network, and primarily   …Continue Reading Colorado Supreme Court rules on employment and medical marijuana

Superior Court Case Rules on Suppression of Evidence Gathered During Random Drug Search on Bus Posted on Jun 9

A Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (vol. 43 no. 41, June 1, 2015) article by Eric T. Berkman,  reports that in Commonwealth v. Luperon,  Massachusetts Superior Court Judge Charles J. Hely recently ruled that illegal drugs seized on a bus that had just arrived in Boston could not be used   …Continue Reading Superior Court Case Rules on Suppression of Evidence Gathered During Random Drug Search on Bus

Federal Grand Jury Posted on Jun 5

A recent Congressional Research Service report explains the function and powers of the federal grand jury. The author, Charles Doyle, provides a brief overview of the federal grand jury system as well as more in-depth information about grand jury subpoenas and secrecy.  This is a good   …Continue Reading Federal Grand Jury

Criminal Procedure Rule 23: Stipulations, effective July 1, 2015 Posted on Jun 4

The text of new Rule 23 and the initial paragraph of the Reporter’s Notes, which explains the reason for its creation is reproduced here: (a) Essential Elements. Any stipulation to an essential element of a charged offense entered by the parties before or during trial shall be in writing and   …Continue Reading Criminal Procedure Rule 23: Stipulations, effective July 1, 2015

Preventing Trial by Ambush Posted on Jun 1

“To begin preparing for trial, both sides engage in discovery. This is the formal process of exchanging information between the parties about the witnesses and evidence they’ll present at trial. Discovery enables the parties to know before the trial begins what evidence may be presented.   …Continue Reading Preventing Trial by Ambush