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No Right to Counsel Prior to Breathalyzer Test Posted on Aug 25

No Right to Counsel Prior to Breathalyzer Test

A recent decision from the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court stated that a driver asked to take a breathalyzer test does not have right to counsel prior to their decision to take or refuse the test. In Commonwealth v. Neary-French, SJC-12057 the court stated that there is   …Continue Reading No Right to Counsel Prior to Breathalyzer Test

A Salute to John Adams for his role in establishing judicial review Posted on Apr 28

A Salute to John Adams for his role in establishing judicial review

Robert Brink, executive director of the Social Law Library, recently offered a toast to John Adams on the occasion of the 215th anniversary of John Adams’ appointment of John Marshall as chief justice of the United States Supreme Court. In his 1803 decision, Marbury v.   …Continue Reading A Salute to John Adams for his role in establishing judicial review

Constitutionality of Massachusetts Law on Sex Trafficking Posted on Aug 21

The Supreme Judicial Court has rejected a challenge to the constitutionality of the Massachusetts law G. L. c. 265, § 50 (a) that targets sex trafficking.  An Act relative to the commercial exploitation of people,  which criminalized sexual servitude, forced labor, and organ trafficking was approved in 2011.     …Continue Reading Constitutionality of Massachusetts Law on Sex Trafficking