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Change in Massachusetts Driver License and Identification Card Photo Law Posted on Apr 23

The issuance of Massachusetts driver’s licenses is governed by M.G.L. chapter 90 sections 8 and 540 Code of Massachusetts Regulations 2.06.  Drivers may renew their license online but only every other renewal period, and photos need to be updated every ten years.  (See “Obtaining Your License-MA Driver’s Manual“) Under   …Continue Reading Change in Massachusetts Driver License and Identification Card Photo Law

Eyewitness Identification Posted on Jan 13

Yesterday, in Commonwealth v. Gomes, the Supreme Judicial Court issued “a new provisional jury instruction regarding eyewitness identification.” The court explained, “We have made the jury instruction provisional to allow for public comment and possible future revision before we declare it a model, but it should   …Continue Reading Eyewitness Identification

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

Eyewitness Identification — Take A Closer Look Posted on Nov 21

The Committee on Science, Technology and Law, recently released a report on the practice of eyewitness identification. The report can be read online or downloaded at no charge. For media coverage about the report see the CSTL page. For materials available at the Trial Court Law Libraries, search the   …Continue Reading Eyewitness Identification — Take A Closer Look