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Do Trees Have Standing? Posted on Oct 17

Do Trees Have Standing?

From Justice William O. Douglas’ dissent in Sierra Club v Morton, 405 U.S. 727, 741 (1972) : “The critical question of ‘standing’ would be simplified and also put neatly in focus if we fashioned a federal rule that allowed environmental issues to be litigated before federal   …Continue Reading Do Trees Have Standing?

Index to blog post series about codification Posted on Sep 27

In order to help navigating in and around our series about codification that was posted during the last two weeks, the following index may help: Word(s) of the month – codification, posted September 16, 2019, from Black’s Law Dictionary, 10th ed., Bryan A. Garner, Editor in Chief,   …Continue Reading Index to blog post series about codification

Access to Justice: Authentication as a Social Justice Issue Posted on Sep 24

“One of the most serious problems with the trend toward exclusively researching legal material online – and in making certain legal resources available only electronically – is that in most states, there is no system or set of standards for how legal information should be   …Continue Reading Access to Justice: Authentication as a Social Justice Issue

Ensuring Authenticity in the Massachusetts Code Posted on Sep 23

“Providing information online is integral to the conduct of state government in the 21st century. The ease and speed with which information can be created, updated, and distributed electronically, especially in contrast to the time required for the production of print materials, enables governments to   …Continue Reading Ensuring Authenticity in the Massachusetts Code

Criminal solicitation as a crime Posted on Mar 27

Black’s Law Dictionary (10th edition, 2014), defines “criminal solicitation”, under “solicitation” (2), as:   “The criminal offense of urging, advising, commanding, or otherwise inciting another to commit a crime <convicted of solicitation of murder>.   Solicitation is an inchoate offense distinct from the solicited crime.  Under the   …Continue Reading Criminal solicitation as a crime

How well do you know the boating laws? Posted on Jul 25

How well do you know the boating laws?

During the warm summer months, boating is a favorite activity for many people.   There are several laws and rules that must be observed when watercraft are in use.  The Trial Court law libraries have produced a new law about page on recreational boating where you   …Continue Reading How well do you know the boating laws?

Freedom of Information Day Posted on Mar 16

Freedom of Information Day

National Freedom of Information Day is observed on March 16, 2018 to recognize the public’s right to information held by government agencies. Freedom of Information Day is an annual event held on the birthday of James Madison, one of our founding fathers. The Freedom of Information   …Continue Reading Freedom of Information Day

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

Massachusetts legal forms and information – for free Posted on Sep 27

Many companies aggregate public information generated by government entities and repackage it for a profit.  Sometimes this is done by posting public data, forms, or other information on a website that has been optimized with common search phrases so it will appear at the top   …Continue Reading Massachusetts legal forms and information – for free