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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

New Rules for Plea Bargains Posted on Feb 9

Effective May 11, 2015, judges will be allowed to take part in pleas negotiations pursuant to the newly amended Massachusetts Rule of Criminal Procedure 12. Judges will be required to impose a sentence contained in a plea bargain in certain cases. If the parties have   …Continue Reading New Rules for Plea Bargains