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Action Alert: Oppose ABA Resolution 114

MACDL urges its members to oppose ABA Resolution 114, which calls on state legislatures to use an affirmative consent standard for sexual assault cases. The proposed standard will unconstitutionally shift the burden of proof to defendants facing extremely serious charges. MACDL has called upon the Massachusetts representatives to the ABA House of Delegates to oppose the resolution; our letter regarding the resolution is below. A listing of all […]

By |2019-08-09T13:21:17+00:00August 9th, 2019|Action Alert|Comments Off on Action Alert: Oppose ABA Resolution 114

MACDL Mourns Willie J. Davis

Willie J. Davis, a respected and dynamic long-time criminal defense attorney, passed away on June 19, 2019. He was a friend and colleague to many MACDL members and a deeply valued member of our legal community. As William M. White Jr. wrote in Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, Willie was a “true giant of the law.” As a criminal defense lawyer, “[h]e […]

By |2019-07-16T20:19:28+00:00July 16th, 2019|News|Comments Off on MACDL Mourns Willie J. Davis

First Circuit Sides with MACDL Amicus Brief in Suit by Farak Defendant

The First Circuit has upheld the Massachusetts District Court’s denial of absolute immunity to a former Assistant Attorney General who withheld exculpatory evidence of a state lab worker’s drug use. In a § 1983 suit by a defendant who served more than five years before his conviction was dismissed following disclosure that Sonja Farak was addicted to drugs and tampering with samples during her employment as a drug […]

By |2019-07-16T19:52:45+00:00June 26th, 2019|News|Comments Off on First Circuit Sides with MACDL Amicus Brief in Suit by Farak Defendant

MACDL Opposes Proposed Changes to Laws Regarding Pretrial Detention

MACDL has submitted a letter to members of the Massachusetts House and Senate Judiciary Committees, formally opposing H.66, “An Act to Protect the Commonwealth.” That proposed bill would vastly and unnecessarily expand G.L. c. 58A and other laws authorizing pretrial detention. As MACDL’s letter states, the legislation “would further unjustly incarcerate a disproportionate number of our citizens on a pretrial basis, without affording them an opportunity to post bail, […]

By |2019-07-16T20:09:11+00:00June 14th, 2019|News|Comments Off on MACDL Opposes Proposed Changes to Laws Regarding Pretrial Detention

Oppose Governor Baker’s Parole Board Nominee

UPDATE: The Governor’s Council hearing is on Wednesday, June 26th. Please continue to contact your councillors and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito


Dear MACDL Members, Colleagues and Friends,

Thanks to MACDL and other community groups, our Governor’s Councillors have been flooded with calls and emails in the past few days! During the hearing on Wednesday, many Councillors referred to their many constituents who have been voicing […]

By |2019-06-24T13:27:44+00:00June 10th, 2019|Action Alert|Comments Off on Oppose Governor Baker’s Parole Board Nominee

Statement Supporting Professor Ron Sullivan

MACDL has issued a statement in support of Harvard Law School Professor Ron Sullivan, after Harvard College declined to renew his status as a faculty dean following student protests based upon his choice to defend Harvey Weinstein in a criminal case. No attorney should face adverse consequences for choosing to represent a criminal defendant and Harvard’s decision in this case demonstrates a lack of respect […]

By |2019-05-14T15:18:00+00:00May 14th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Statement Supporting Professor Ron Sullivan

MACDL Elects John Amabile as New Vice President

On May 1, 2019, MACDL’s Board voted to elect Attorney John Amabile as the Association’s new Vice President. Mr. Amabile will take on that role in June 2019, supporting Victoria Kelleher, who will take office as MACDL’s President that month. Mr. Amabile will serve a two-year term as Vice President before succeeding Ms. Kelleher as MACDL’s President. Mr. Amabile is a Principal of the law firm Amabile & […]

By |2019-06-10T18:21:23+00:00May 2nd, 2019|News|Comments Off on MACDL Elects John Amabile as New Vice President

MACDL President Condemns Indictment of Judge

MACDL President Derege Demissie represented MACDL today in a debate on WGBH regarding U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling’s indictment of Massachusetts Judge Shelley M. Joseph for allegedly helping a defendant in her courtroom avoid detention by ICE agents. MACDL strongly condemns the actions of the U.S. Attorney in bringing this prosecution to intimidate state court judges. ICE’s actions in the courthouses of Massachusetts deny both US citizens and noncitizens due […]

By |2019-04-26T00:58:58+00:00April 26th, 2019|News, President's Messages|Comments Off on MACDL President Condemns Indictment of Judge

MACDL Supports Conditional Guilty Pleas

On February 28, 2019, MACDL submitted a comment in response to the amendment to Mass. R. Crim. P. 12 proposed by the Supreme Judicial Court’s Standing Advisory Committee on the Rules of Criminal Procedure. MACDL joined the Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS) in expressing support for allowing conditional guilty pleas for the first time in Massachusetts (following the SJC’s decision in

By |2019-04-02T14:41:58+00:00February 28th, 2019|News|Comments Off on MACDL Supports Conditional Guilty Pleas

NPR Features Exonerated Client of MACDL Board Member

Mark Schand scoops ice cream at his Sweetwater smoothie cafe in New Britain, Conn. This business is meant to reboot a career Schand says was stolen from him at the age of 19 when he was wrongfully convicted of a crime and was imprisoned for 27 years.
Photo: Karen Brown/NEPR

A recent NPR story features  Mark […]

By |2019-04-01T15:24:00+00:00February 25th, 2019|News|Comments Off on NPR Features Exonerated Client of MACDL Board Member
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