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Admissibility of Acquittal Evidence Posted on Sep 3

In Commonwealth v. Dorazio, decided this week, the SJC addressed the issue of the admissibility of evidence from a past incident which resulted in the acquittal of the defendant. The court said, in part, “As a matter of Federal constitutional law, collateral estoppel does not bar   …Continue Reading Admissibility of Acquittal Evidence

Appealing from Finding of Not Guilty by Reason of Mental Illness Posted on Sep 1

In Commonwealth v. Bruneau, decided last week, the SJC ruled that ” a defendant who is found not guilty by reason of mental illness may appeal under G. L. c. 278, § 28. ” “Although a finding of not guilty by reason of mental illness   …Continue Reading Appealing from Finding of Not Guilty by Reason of Mental Illness

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