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MACDL Calls on SJC to Increase Bar Advocate Rates

MACDL today, October 17, 2019 MACDL today, October 17, 2019, joined with Hampden Lawyers for Justice and the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts (“ACLUM”) and a team of lawyers from the law firm Morgan Lewis serving as pro bono counsel to file an amicus brief in Carrasquillo v. Hampden County District Court, an appeal pending before the SJC and scheduled to be argued in November.

In […]

By |2019-10-17T22:43:42+00:00October 17th, 2019|News|Comments Off on MACDL Calls on SJC to Increase Bar Advocate Rates

MACDL President Testifies in Support of Act to Reduce Mass Incarceration

MACDL President Victoria Kelleher testified on October 8, 2019 on behalf of MACDL before the Legislative Committee in support of H3358/S826, An Act to Reduce Mass Incarceration, which would permit a parole hearing for prisoners serving life in prison after 25 years. Her testimony focused on (1) the negligible difference between first degree murder, which carries a mandatory sentence of life without the […]

By |2019-10-17T12:44:56+00:00October 17th, 2019|News|Comments Off on MACDL President Testifies in Support of Act to Reduce Mass Incarceration

2019 Board Election Results

THANKS TO ALL THOSE NAMED on the slate and all who voted. We welcome Aviva Jeruchim, Mona Igram and John Swomley as the newest members of the Board. They each bring a multitude of talents, strong opinions, and a collegial spirit, and will be a terrific asset to the organization and our members. Current board members Luke Ryan, Ed Masferrer and Shira Diner were all re-elected. We recognize Marty Rosenthal’s contributions […]

By |2019-09-24T14:10:42+00:00September 24th, 2019|News, President's Messages|Comments Off on 2019 Board Election Results

MACDL and Allies Submit Amicus Brief on Fourth Amendment Issues in Commonwealth v. McCarthy

MACDL, the ACLU of Massachusetts, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and the Committee for Public Counsel Services have submitted a brief on cutting-edge Fourth Amendment issues in Commonwealth v. McCarthy, SJC-12750. The brief attacks the rapidly expanding and largely unfettered use of Automated License Plate Readers (ALPRs) by law enforcement in the Commonwealth and across the country. In the absence of ANY legislation regulating the use of ALPRs […]

By |2019-09-12T22:43:38+00:00September 12th, 2019|News|Comments Off on MACDL and Allies Submit Amicus Brief on Fourth Amendment Issues in Commonwealth v. McCarthy

ACLU, MACDL urge court to dismiss case against “Straight Pride Parade” counter-protester

BOSTON, September 9, 2019 – The ACLU and the Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (MACDL) are urging the Supreme Judicial Court to dismiss a charge against a demonstrator arrested at the “Straight Pride Parade.” The ACLU of Massachusetts and MACDL today submitted a “friend-of-the-court” brief in support of the Commonwealth’s attempt to end this case.

Thirty-six people were arrested by Boston police during the “Straight Pride Parade” and counter-protests on […]

By |2019-09-10T13:56:22+00:00September 10th, 2019|News|Comments Off on ACLU, MACDL urge court to dismiss case against “Straight Pride Parade” counter-protester

MACDL Calls for Immediate Investigation of BMC Judge

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MACDL Calls for Immediate Investigation of BMC Judge Richard Sinnott

Boston Municipal Court Judge Richard Sinnott’s decision to place a lawyer in handcuffs and detain her for several hours for “interrupting” him is a gross abuse of power that requires judicial disciplinary action.

Susan Church, a prominent lawyer who was awarded the Pro Bono Publico award by the Supreme Judicial Court in 2017, appeared pro […]

By |2019-09-11T12:28:05+00:00September 5th, 2019|News, President's Messages|Comments Off on MACDL Calls for Immediate Investigation of BMC Judge

SJC Decides Commonwealth v. Fernandes, Following Submission of MACDL Amicus

In Fernandes the SJC partially extended its past decision in Commonwealth v. Walczak, and required the Commonwealth to provide legal instructions to grand juries in adult murder cases when the case involves substantial evidence of a complete defense to the murder charge. It further acknowledged that “it is generally advisable for prosecutors to instruct grand juries on the elements of lesser offenses and defenses whenever such instructions would help […]

By |2019-09-12T22:37:28+00:00September 4th, 2019|News|Comments Off on SJC Decides Commonwealth v. Fernandes, Following Submission of MACDL Amicus

SJC Decides Wallace W. v. Commonwealth Following Submission of MACDL Amicus

MACDL joined CPCS in submitting an amicus brief authored by attorney K. Hayne Barnwell in the case of Wallace W. v. Commonwealth. In the court’s August 9, 2019 decision, it held that prosecutors must prove to a judge beyond a reasonable doubt that a juvenile has committed a prior offense before they can prosecute him for a subsequent misdemeanor charge. David […]

By |2019-08-19T13:00:24+00:00August 9th, 2019|News|Comments Off on SJC Decides Wallace W. v. Commonwealth Following Submission of MACDL Amicus

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
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