Post Content

A recent Appeals Court Decision, Commonwealth v. Fettes, 64 Mass.App.Ct. 917 (October 18, 2005) states “A dog can be a dangerous weapon. A dangerous weapon is ‘any instrument or instrumentality so constructed or so used as to be likely to produce death or great bodily harm.’ There can be little doubt that a dog . . . used for the purpose of intimidation or attack falls within this definition.”

The case is linked from both Law About Animals and Law About Weapons.

Written By:


Tags: ,

Recent Posts

Word(s) of the month – codification posted on Sep 16

Word(s) of the month - codification

Words of law is a regular feature of Massachusetts Law Updates, highlighting a particular word or phrase and its meaning in law. Today’s word is codification. codification (kod-ә-fi-kay-shәn), n. (1802) 1. The process of compiling, arranging, and systematizing the laws of a given jurisdiction, or of a   …Continue Reading Word(s) of the month – codification

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

Massachusetts Declaration of Rights – Selected Secondary Sources posted on Feb 2

Massachusetts Declaration of Rights - Selected Secondary Sources

Selected Secondary Sources From January 1, 2019 through January 30, 2019, Massachusetts Law Updates presented a daily series of blog posts showcasing the 30 Articles in the Declaration of Rights in the Massachusetts Constitution. In addition to the text of the Articles, the posts include   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Declaration of Rights – Selected Secondary Sources