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Yearly Archives: 2017

Hate Speech Law in Massachusetts Posted on May 23

Hate crime and hate speech are related, but not identical topics.  A hate crime is a crime that is motivated by bigotry.   See our earlier blog post about hate crime in Massachusetts. Hate speech is defined by Black’s Law Dictionary (10th ed., 2014) as: “Speech   …Continue Reading Hate Speech Law in Massachusetts

Hate Crime Law in Massachusetts Posted on Apr 20

“Hate crimes” and “hate speech” are hot topics in the realms of education, the courts, the media, and in our daily lives.  These are two separate but related issues.  “Hate speech” will be a subsequent post. According to Black’s Law Dictionary (10th edition), a “hate   …Continue Reading Hate Crime Law in Massachusetts

Remembering Charles Kindregan Posted on Apr 19

Remembering Charles Kindregan

We are all familiar with his name, but few of us know some of the quirky, amusing details of his personality.  Elissa Ely and the Remembrance Project on WBUR.org has a wonderful tribute to a man that was so influential for fifty years.  Listen to the   …Continue Reading Remembering Charles Kindregan

Executive Order 13769: Issuing, Modifying and Revoking Posted on Mar 15

On January 27, 2017, President Trump issued Executive Order 13769, “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States” . It provides an example of an order that was issued, modified and revoked. On February 3, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the Ninth   …Continue Reading Executive Order 13769: Issuing, Modifying and Revoking

Presidential Executive Orders: Issuing, Modifying and Revoking Posted on Mar 14

“While the President’s ability to use executive orders as a means of implementing presidential power has been established as a matter of law and practice, it is equally well established that the substance of an executive order, including any requirements or prohibitions, may have the   …Continue Reading Presidential Executive Orders: Issuing, Modifying and Revoking

US Supreme Court Nominee Process Posted on Mar 13

The US Constitution states that the President nominates the judges of the US Supreme Court with the advice and consent of the US Senate (Article 2, section 2, clause 2).  After the recent nomination of Justice Neil Gorsuch to the US Supreme Court by President Trump,   …Continue Reading US Supreme Court Nominee Process

Online information: access and veracity Posted on Mar 10

Online information: access and veracity

The Massachusetts Library System recently posted an online guide with resources to help citizens evaluate information online and hone media-literacy skills.  Included is a popular eight-point informational graphic from the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions and is a concise, single-page tipsheet. One of the points is   …Continue Reading Online information: access and veracity

Massachusetts Parole Board updates regulations Posted on Feb 27

In 2016 the Massachusetts Parole Board proposed several revisions to their regulations.  (120 Code of Mass. Regulations 100-900)  The public was invited to submit written comments and/or attend a hearing on August 18, 2016.   The final version of the regulations were published in Massachusetts Register #1330 dated January 13,   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Parole Board updates regulations

Finding Presidential Executive Orders Posted on Feb 21

“Executive orders are official documents, numbered consecutively, through which the President of the United States manages the operations of the Federal Government.” The President signs an Executive order, and it is published in the Federal Register, published daily under the auspices of the Office of   …Continue Reading Finding Presidential Executive Orders

Word(s) of the Month – Common Law Posted on Feb 15

Word(s) of the Month - Common Law

Words of Law is a regular feature of Massachusetts Law Updates, highlighting a particular word or phrase and its meaning in law. Today’s phrase is common law. common law, n. [fr. Law French commen ley “common law”] (14c)  1.The body of law derived from judicial   …Continue Reading Word(s) of the Month – Common Law