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SUPPRESSION HEARING IN MURDER CASE CONTINUES IN SALEM SUPERIOR COURT

Posted on January 21, 2015
Friday, the hearing continues in Salem Superior Court. It is a hearing on a motion to suppress statements in the murder case of Philip Chism (hereinafter, the "Defendant"). The Defendant has been charged with the rape and murder of Danvers teacher Colleen Ritzer...


SALEM SUPERIOR COURT SUPPRESSION HEARING BEGINS IN RAPE AND MURDER CASE

Posted on January 09, 2015
You may remember Philip Chism (hereinafter, the ?defendant?). He is the 15-year-old juvenile who has been charged as an adult with the rape and murder of 24-year-old Danvers High School teacher Colleen Ritzer in 2013. Today, the Defendant?s case is on the calendar again at Salem Superior Court...


?PHASE ONE? OF BOSTON?S FEDERAL COURT MULTI-MURDER TRIAL CONTINUES: WHAT IS THIS JURY SELECTION ALL ABOUT?

Posted on January 08, 2015
?Phase One? of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 21, hereinafter, the ?Defendant? ?s jury trial for, among other things, multiple murder continues in Boston?s Federal District Court. The Defendant is accused of carrying out bombings with his now-deceased brother near the finish line of the race on April 15, 2013...


EXTREMELY HIGH PROFILE MULTI-MURDER TRIAL BEGINS ?PHASE ONE? IN BOSTON?S FEDERAL DISTRICT COURT

Posted on January 05, 2015
?And so it begins. A new year. A new high profile multi-murder, among other criminal charges of course, trial. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (hereinafter, the ?Defendant?) is having what will serve as his ?day in court?. As you will no doubt recall, the Defendant is charged with the terror attack near the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon...


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SPRINGFIELD MAN IS ARRESTED IN DRUG BUST WHICH YIELDED WEAPONS AND DRUGS VALUED OVER $300,000

Posted on December 23, 2014
Springfield's Jason Arias, 31 and hereinafter, the "Defendant" did not have a particularly good weekend. He went into custody since he was the subject of a raid Friday night. It was a rather successful drug bust for law enforcement. It reportedly resulted in the seizure of guns, cash, and a stash of narcotics valued at upwards of $300,000...


SPRINGFIELD LAW ENFORCEMENT OVERJOYED IN SPREADING SELF-CONGRATULATIONS?AND DANGER?IN RECENT DRUG CASES

Posted on December 23, 2014
As I am writing this blog, the latest count is 380. That would be 380 people enjoying and commenting on the happy news of Friday?s drug bust in Springfield. Holiday cheer abounds! The comments are insightful and important too. Take Kay Thomas? commentary for example...


EXPECT MASSACHUSETTS LAW ENFORCEMENT TO BE EXTRA CAUTIOUS DUE TO POLICE MURDERS THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

Posted on December 22, 2014
This past weekend was a bad one for law enforcement. In two different states, police officers were murdered by suspects. In Brooklyn, New York, two police officers were sitting in their patrol car when a man who officials claim had come from Baltimore vowing to kill police officers made good that vow...


MASSACHUSETTS COMPOUNDING PHARMACY IS IN FEDERAL COURT ON CRIMINAL CHARGES OF RACKETEERING AND HOMICIDE IN FUNGAL MENINGITIS OUTBREAK

Posted on December 18, 2014
It is the next act in a drama which came to pubic attention in 2012. In 2002, there was a deadly national outbreak of fungal meningitis. The outbreak was linked to steroid injections from a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy. Owners of the pharmacy, the New England Compounding Center (Hereinafter, ?NECC?), were among those just arrested in connection with the disaster...


GEORGETOWN POLICE EXECUTE SEARCH WARRANT AND FIND STOLEN ITEMS AND DRUGS

Posted on December 16, 2014
Did you know that Massachusetts law enforcement are allowed to arrest you for things they were not even looking for, but accidentally found while executing a search warrant? The fact is, if the warrant allows them to be in a certain place, and they see something without violating the parameters of the warrant, it is fair game...


WHY LAW ENFORCEMENT MISCONDUCT PUTS YOU IN DANGER IN FEDERAL AND STATE COURTS

Posted on December 15, 2014
As any regular reader of this blog knows, the idea that law enforcement, including prosecutors, and the truth, go their separate ways at times is sad, but true. One of the more often cited examples is contained in a dissent opinion of Chief Judge Alex Kolinsky of the United States Appeals Court for the 9th Circuit...


ANOTHER FEDERAL PROSECUTOR IS FOUND TO BE LYING BY THE FEDERAL COURT

Posted on December 12, 2014
Over the years, this blog has discussed various instances in which there is little doubt as to whether prosecutors sometimes stretch, or ?re-invent? the truth. This has been the case both in state and federal courts. At a time during which we have had to question the integrity of law enforcement involving the killing of citizens and mysterious grand jury proceedings, a new story comes up that is worth remembering...


MORE ARRESTED LAST NIGHT DURING ROUND TWO IN BOSTON PROTESTS OVER RECENT POLICE KILLINGS.

Posted on December 05, 2014
Last night, we saw Round Two of Boston protests regarding what seems to be a rash of what we have been discussing over the past few blogs. Namely, instances of police killing citizens and, seemingly, nothing happening about it. Allegations of homicide abound...


POLICE MISCONDUCT, "HOW CAN I BE SURE THAT LAW ENFORCEMENT WILL NOT KILL ME IF I AM A SUSPECT?"

Posted on December 05, 2014
There is much to be said about race relations, police officers and grand juries? not to mention the interaction of the three. However, let's deal with the facts as they exist today. We know that there are times when the police interact with someone and things get out of hand...


PROTESTERS REACT TO ADDITIONAL ALLEGED HOMICIDES BY POLICE OFFICERS BEFORE AND AFTER FERGUSON (PART THREE)

Posted on December 04, 2014
We have been discussing the Ferguson matter in which an unarmed young black man was fired upon (multiple times) by a police officer. The young man died from the wounds and many are saying that the officer committed a homicide. Despite the fact that testimony presented to the grand jury told different tales ranging from a description of a cold blooded murder to a shooting in valid self-defense, the grand jury found that there was no probable cause to believe that the officer should be formally charged with a crime...


PROTESTORS ARE ARRESTED FOR DENOUNCING APPARENT CORRUPTION AND IN FERGUSON HOMICIDE (PART TWO)

Posted on November 29, 2014
Former New York state Chief Judge Sol Wachtler famously remarked that a prosecutor could persuade a grand jury to ?indict a ham sandwich.? Raw data, as well as the experiences of those regularly involved with the criminal justice system can attest to this...


ARRESTED PROTESTORS PONDER MURDER, PROBABLE CAUSE AND FERGUSON (PART ONE)

Posted on November 28, 2014
Here is hoping you had a great Thanksgiving. Here?s hoping you enjoy ?Black Friday?. And here is a story that contains nothing for you to enjoy or be happy about. As you no doubt have heard from various sources, the grand jury in Ferguson, Mo., has returned its decision regarding the death of the late18-year-old Michael Brown and the allegations against Police Officer Darren Wilson...


TWO BOSTON MEN ARE ARRESTED AT LOGAN AIRPORT FOR CRIMES OF ASSAULT, ATTEMPTED MURDER AND KIDNAPPING

Posted on November 26, 2014
Boston police had a busy half-hour this past Saturday morning at Logan Airport. Law enforcement first responded to a report of a person screaming inside a car with a broken windshield around 11:23 a.m. near Terminal E. They wound up finding the car near Terminal B...


BOURNE GENTLEMAN IS ARRESTED FOR ASSAULT, WEAPONS AND DRUG CHARGES

Posted on November 21, 2014
Ever have one of "those days"? Michael Barboza, 33, of Bourne (hereinafter, the "Defendant") sure did. It was one week ago today. The Defendant , just kept losing things. First it was his temper. He was allegedly involved in a road rage incident...


?MUST I HELP LAW ENFORCEMENT OPEN AND EXAMINE MY PHONE OR TABLET?? (PART TWO)

Posted on November 19, 2014
My last posting examined this subject from the standpoint of whether the police have the right to grab your smart-phone without a warrant. It triggered rights guaranteed you courtesy of the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution. Today we continue the search and seizure issue from another angle...


?CAN A POLICE OFFICER SIMPLY TAKE MY SMART-PHONE AND SEARCH IT WITHOUT MY CONSENT AND WITHOUT A WARRANT?? (PART ONE)

Posted on November 17, 2014
We have discussed some of the myriad of issues which occur when defense counsel seeks to suppress evidence. In short, the defense brings a motion to prevent the prosecution from using evidence against a criminal defendant because it was discovered in violation of that defendant's Constitutional Rights...


BRISTOL WOMAN IS CHARGED WITH ASSAULTING AN INVESTIGATING POLICE OFFICER

Posted on November 13, 2014
No, this is not a re-posting of my previous blog. This case is from Bristol, Connecticut, and the officer was allegedly assaulted by a woman in the field while in mid-investigation. Just to show that these dangers do not just face officers in the Bay State...


SOUTH BOSTON POLICE OFFICER IS THE REPORTED VICTM OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Posted on November 11, 2014
In the past, I have acknowledged that being a police officer is a hard and dangerous job. Of course, I was referring to their time while at work, not at home. A Boston Police Officer, however, recently faced purported danger in his South Boston home...


MASSACHUSETS HALLOWEEN BRINGS ARRESTS FOR DRUG CRIMES AND ASSAULT AND BATTERY WITH A DANGEROUS WEAPON

Posted on November 06, 2014
I suppose it is fitting that we discuss the night for tricking and treating right after Election Day. So how was your Halloween weekend? Still have your liberty, if not your dental health? Some people had little trouble with the law over the weekend...


PUMPKIN RIOTS YIELD DISORDERLY BEHAVIOR, RIOT POLICE AND ARRESTS

Posted on October 31, 2014
Happy Halloween everybody! Have your plans for tonite all ready? I will be hiding under my bed at my abode in Salem. Whatever your plans, be careful not to take them too far. Law enforcement has a way of being overly-on-hand on nights like this. With good reason, actually...


NORTH ADAMS WOMAN IS ARRESTED FOR HEROIN TRAFFICKING DURING ROUTINE CAR STOP

Posted on October 27, 2014
Well, it?s a Monday morning and so I am sure that you, like me, witnessed plenty of folks moaning and groaning on their way to work, school, etc. this morning. Rest assured, though, there are those who had more reason to groan about their destination than most...


ASHLAND SCHOOL BUS DRIVER IS ARRESTED FOR HIS THIRD DRUNK DRIVING CHARGE

Posted on October 24, 2014
Robert E. Murphy of Ashland, a 59-year-old (hereinafter, the ?Defendant?) gentleman is, or was, a Hopkinton school bus driver. He has now been arrested and charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol and operating a motor vehicle to endanger...


?HOW DOES THE ?YES MEANS YES? APPROACH TO CAMPUS SEXUAL ASSAULT PLACE ME AND MY KIDS IN DANGER??

Posted on October 23, 2014
Ok, I admit that it is not still yesterday; I did not get this entry up yesterday. It doesn?t mean that I did not try?I was just out doing battle for my client longer than expected. Doing the job right has to take precedence. Believe me, when you are my client, you will appreciate those priorities...


THE PENULTIMATE BLOG ON DISCUSSING THE ?YES MEANS YES? APPROACH TO SEXUAL ASSAULT

Posted on October 22, 2014
We have been discussing California?s new ?Yes Means Yes? bill and its accompanying app. As I have mentioned, the ?Yes Means Yes? approach is not really brand new. At least here in the Commonwealth, various colleges and universities have been using the approach...


WHAT?S WRONG WITH THE NEW CALIFORNIA ANTI-CAMPUS SEX CRIMES AND ACCOMPANYING APP?

Posted on October 16, 2014
It really is quite a comfort, isn?t it? As the article says, ?Want to be sure you?re not raping someone? There?s an app for that.? As discussed in my last blog, the app to which I refer is the upbeat-named ?Good2Go?. Although I do not seem to be able to download it onto my IPhone, it is said to be a free ?consent? mobile phone app that ?targets college-age adults?...


CALIFORNIA FIGHTS CAMPUS SEX CRIMES WITH NEW ?YES MEANS YES? LAW?AND APP

Posted on October 14, 2014
Hey, remember when ?No? meant ?No?? Well, unfortunately, people are still committing sex crimes. So, California is going a step further with its enforcement of such crimes. The state?s new rule will be that ?Yes means yes?. By statute, in fact. Such an approach is not really new...


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