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FORMER PROBATION COMMISSIONER AND ASSISTANTS ARE FOUND GUILTY OF CONSPIRACY AND RACKETEERING IN FEDERAL COURT TRIAL

Posted on July 25, 2014
And so the federal conspiracy and racketeering trial came to an end this week. It arose out of the Massachusetts Probation Department. When the dust cleared, former Probation Commissioner John J. O?Brien, as well as his deputies William H. Burke III and Elizabeth V...


ATTORNEY SAM'S TAKE ON WHY SELECTIVE ENFORCEMENT AND UNNECESSARY LAWS SHOULD PUT YOU IN FEAR (PART THREE)

Posted on July 22, 2014
Today, we finish this topic and I provide evidence that I am trying to get these blogs out on a regular basis. The latter item first. Two blogs posted in two days. And now the important stuff. You might think that, by yesterday's blog, I am arguing that DA Morrissey should have been criminally prosecuted...


MASSACHUSETTS VEHICULAR HOMICIDE LAW REVEALS INEQUALITY IN ITS ENFORCEMENT AND ATTORNEY SAM REALLY RETURNS TO REGULAR BLOGGING (PART TWO)

Posted on July 21, 2014
When I have been able to blog over the past few weeks, we have been discussing cases involving Massachusetts motor vehicle crimes. In particular, vehicular homicide cases involving negligent operation as a result of the driver falling asleep or otherwise losing consciousness...


AYER MOTOR VEHICLE HOMICIDE TRIAL ENDS IN ?NOT GUILTY? AND ATTORNEY SAM RETURNS TO BLOG

Posted on July 07, 2014
On my last blog, I said that, ?There are other cases, similar to this, which better demonstrate not only the attitude on the part of the Commonwealth when it comes to car accidents, but also it's rather uneven view of such cases.? That blog, incidently, was posted on June 26th...


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ALLSTON COUPLE ARE CHARGED WITH MOTOR VEHICLE HOMICIDE AND INTIMIDATION -OR ARE THEY ?

Posted on June 26, 2014
Ghuzlan Alghazali, 26, and Mohamed Alfageeh, 29, both of Allston have had a rough week in the Massachusetts criminal justice system. It resulted from a horrific and tragic accident over the weekend. There was a crash in Back Bay and two pedestrians were left dead...


MASSACHUSETTS DRUG TRAFFICKING ARRESTS CAN RESULT FROM ANY TYPE OF INVESTIGATION

Posted on June 23, 2014
In the criminal justice system, any road can lead to Drugland. Law enforcement knows this and you should too. On June 7, in Peabody, there was the more typical drug investigation at play. It resulted in the alleged seizure of five kilograms of heroin and two kilograms of crystal methamphetamine...


FEDERAL DEA AGENTS ARE ACCUSED OF BLACKMAILING MASSACHUSETTS DOCTORS OVER MARIJUANA LAWS

Posted on June 11, 2014
I have often marveled how federal law enforcement personnel, lawyers and agents, of nearly all types seem to live their professional lives with a ?holier than thou? attitude. It is as if they have lived their lives pure of heart and are incapable of making mistakes that so many others do...


MASSACHUSETTS AUTHORITIES INVESTIGATE DEATH OF NORTON BABY AS POTENTIAL HOMICIDE

Posted on June 09, 2014
As last week began, I told you that we would be ending the week with another criminal justice aspect of what puts our kids at risk. As the week went on, between school shootings, strong-arming federal agents and dead infants, it turned out to be rather difficult to choose...


NORTH ATTLEBORO MIDDLE SCHOOL GUIDANCE COUNSELOR IS CHARGED WITH RAPE OF A 14-YEAR-OLD STUDENT

Posted on June 02, 2014
As we start today?s blog, hoping for a more regular posting schedule than the last couple of weeks (again), we turn to the transition occurring for our kids. Namely, the school year is ending. This week, I plan to start and end the week with stories related to school-related matters...


JARED REMY PLEADS GUILTY TO MURDER IN THE FIRST DEGREE

Posted on May 30, 2014
On Tuesday, the son of longtime Boston Red Sox broadcaster Jerry Remy, Jared Remy (35 years of age and hereinafter, the ?Defendant?), pleaded guilty in Woburn. He pleaded guilty to the murder of his girlfriend, Jennifer Martel (hereinafter, the ?Deceased?) back in August, 2013...


SPRINGFIELD MAN IS SIEZED ON OUTSTANDING WARRANT AND OUI - MARIJUANA

Posted on May 26, 2014
Today is Memorial Day. I know that this is not the subject matter originally intended when this holiday was named, but just the suggestion of ?memories? makes me?well?remember. I think back to when things seemed more simple in many ways. Sometimes that was good, sometimes it was bad...


COLLEGE GRADUATIONS LEAD TO ARRESTS FOR GUNS AND BOMB THREATS FOR QUINCY AND MARSHFIELD NATIVES

Posted on May 19, 2014
This morning, as I entered Brighton District Court, I noticed the familiar sight of a roomful of reporters and cameras waiting around for a chance of catching a piece of what would pass for action in the case of Andrea Massa. Mr. Massa is the Marshfield gentleman who was arrested yesterday at the Boston University graduation...


BROCKTON DRIVER IS ARRESTED FOR LEAVING THE SCENE OF AN ACCIDENT AFTER ALLEGEDLY STRIKING THREE CHILDREN

Posted on May 16, 2014
As I just returned picking up my daughter at college and then drove my son and his mother to Logan Airport for his first appearance in Los Angeles, I have been kind of ?offspring-minded? this week. Then, just this morning, as I was listening to WBZ radio, I heard of another one of those news stories that hits me between the eyes both as a parent and as a lawyer...


ATTORNEY SAM?S TAKE: YOUR MASSACHUSETTS BAIL APPEAL

Posted on May 08, 2014
We now return to the predicament I left you in early last week. You can find it here. A couple of weeks have gone by since your arraignment. The outlook has changed a little bit. While you were muddling through your ?adventures? in the local jail, combating isolation, humiliation and fear, you received a visitor...


MASSACHUSETTS? DCF, RESIGNATIONS AND YOU

Posted on May 02, 2014
Well, it has been quite a week for Massachusetts? Department of Children and Families. Earlier in the week, I was going to write about, what was then the latest fiasco, You see, Grafton Police Chief Normand A. Crepeau Jr. was angry.. Chief Crepeau was angry because felt that DCF was trying to escape blame by shifting it over to his officers...


YOU ARE ARRAIGNED FOR CHARGES OF SEXUAL ASSAULT AND USING A ?DEADLY WEAPON?

Posted on April 28, 2014
In my last blog, I mentioned that I wanted to give you a taste of what it is like to be charged with the particularly nasty crime of sexual assault. In that blog, I described some of the problems you would likely face should the charges against you be dismissed...


DEFENDANT?S NAME NOT CLEARED IN DISMISSED NORTH END SEXUAL ASSAULT CASE

Posted on April 23, 2014
Today, on the Boston Herald website, Bob McGovern has posted a column entitled ?Full Court Press: ?Nolle? process feels inadequate to innocent?. It is well worth reading and reflects a part of the message which this blog has long been trying to convey...


AOL INITIATES INVESTIGATION INTO CAMBRIDGE 5TH GRADE TEACHER CHARGED IN CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CASE

Posted on April 21, 2014
Josh Wairi, 27, of Somerville, and hereinafter, the ?Defendant?, was arrested Thursday. He is now being held without bail in federal custody until he faces a detention hearing on Wednesday. We began discussing this case on Friday. The Defendant is/was a 5th grade teacher in Cambridge and has allegedly made all sorts of confessions for some unknown reasons...


CAMBRIDGE 5TH GRADE TEACHER IS CHARGED WITH TRAFFICKING IN CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

Posted on April 18, 2014
Josh Wairi, is/was a 27-year-old Somerville resident and 5th grade teacher at the Garham and Parks School. The school is in my stomping grounds?Cambridge?not far from my primary office. Any thought of presumption of innocence aside, you will not be finding him at that school anymore, at least in the near future...


SALEM STUDENT IS THE LATEST ARREST FOR ASSAULT AND BATTERY WITH A DANGEROUS WEAPON ON CAMPUS.

Posted on April 18, 2014
...And so it continues. In Salem, a 20-year-old student at Salem community charter school was arrested Monday. That charge? Assault by means of a dangerous weapon. The weapon? Knives. According to law enforcement Bjorn A. Nichols (hereinafter, the "Defendant") of Salem, was taken into custody and charged with assault by a dangerous weapon, carrying a weapon on school premises, resisting arrest, violation of the city?s knife ordinance, disorderly conduct and causing a disturbance...


MASSACHUSETTS SCHOOL SCHOOLS INCREASE POLICE PRESENCE TO DETER VIOLENCE (PART ONE)

Posted on April 15, 2014
The tragedy we remember today was as horrible and ugly as they come. And come they have. Repeatedly. Too often, the tragedy results in the death or serious injury of our children. Often, it is our children who perpetrate the deed. It happened again just last week...


?I WAS ARRESTED! WILL MY NAME BE IN THE NEWS??

Posted on April 04, 2014
Probably, in one form or another. There are things, though that can be done about it. Being arrested and hauled into court for arraignment is, among other things, embarrassing. You don?t want the world to know about it and your family does not want the negative attention...


?I THINK I AM BEING INVESTIGATED FOR A MASSACHUSETTS WHITE COLLAR CRIME BUT I DON?T THINK THEY CAN BUILD A CASE AGAINST ME? (PART TWO)

Posted on April 01, 2014
Last week, we began this topic. At the time, I signed off with the famous last words ?Good question. Let?s start with it tomorrow". Once again, a few ?tomorrows? came and went and I was too busy fighting for ?the cause? to post. So?.please consider today ?tomorrow?...


?I AM THE SUBJECT OF A MASSACHUSETTS CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION?BUT I DON?T THINK THEY HAVE ANY EVIDENCE AGAINST ME? PART ONE

Posted on March 25, 2014
I am not going to tell you that every crime that is ever committed is discovered and/or punished. Likewise, I will argue forever that not everyone convicted of a crime is truly factually guilty. However, the way cases are ?discovered?, ?solved? and brought to trial has to do with evidence...


UXBRIDGE MAN IS CHARGED WITH SEXUAL ASSAULT AND MAKES A RATHER DANDY TARGET

Posted on March 24, 2014
Ok, it would seem we have the figurative elephant in the room here. Last week, I referred to the media coverage of a new case of mine that has videos all over the internet. Some of that publicity has brought me various questions from media and responses in the form of hate mail based upon the coverage...


BOSTON RED SOX PROSPECT IS ARRESTED FOR VARIOUS VEHICULAR CRIMES, INCLUDING DRUNK DRIVING

Posted on March 20, 2014
I regret that I have been lousy at getting blogs up here this week. If you have noticed on the news coverage ...it has been a busy week on a particular new matter in Uxbridge. In the meantime, given "March Madness" and such it seems that folks have sports on their mind...


MASSACHUSETTS LEGISLATURE PASSES RUSHED ANTI-UPSKIRTING BILL AND ADDS MORE CONFUSION TO STATE SEX CRIME LAWS

Posted on March 11, 2014
Have you ever heard the saying ?Haste makes Waste?? The wisdom seems to be acknowledged in most circles. Politics, at least the law enforcement kind, is not one of those circles. Yesterday, we discussed the recent ?up-skirting? controversy. It was one of those situations where there were cries of outrage from the general public when the SJC found that there was no currently created criminal offense which fit the act of up-skirting...


MASSACHUSETTS LEGISLATURE PASSES NEW ANTI-UPSKIRTING BILL AFTER SUCCESSFUL APPEAL TO SJC

Posted on March 10, 2014
Sometimes, you just can't win at trial. Sometimes, the true battle is going to be fought during a Massachusetts appeal. Sometimes the law under which you are being prosecuted is what has to be addressed...not the facts of the case. This was one of those cases...


TWO FALL RIVER RESIDENTS ARE INDICTED IN ALLEGED SEX TRAFFICKING SCHEME

Posted on March 07, 2014
...And continuing in yesterday's blog's footsteps, we discuss another case which features a child victim. At least, so says the Commonwealth. While everybody else was still reacting to this week's "up skirt" controversy, Attorney General Martha Coakley announced today the indictment of two Fall River residents for their alleged participation in a human trafficking scheme...


BROCKTON COUPLE FACE CRIMINAL CHARGES IN CONNECTION TO MURDER OF YOUNG CHILD

Posted on March 06, 2014
A Brockton couple are facing criminal charges in relation to a very sad domestic violence incident which led to the death of a 4-year-old child. The death is being prosecuted as a Massachusetts murder. Antonio Durham, 32, is charged with causing the death of his girlfriend?s young son...


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