Are Courthouses Safe?

Posted on July 17, 2020 by Joseph

Unlike most calendar engagements during the COVID emergency, physical court attendance may be compulsory. According to an Order by the trial court, in-person hearings are gradually resuming. If you have a court date scheduled, and you do not feel safe in an enclosed space for multiple hours, call your attorney immediately. They can ask the […]

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MA Criminal Courts During Corona-virus

Posted on April 6, 2020 by Joseph

The current crisis has put the criminal court system in an unprecedented struggle to function. Court hearings are happening by telephone conference, or video-link (if you are lucky). The Supreme Judicial Court has already ruled that delays resulting from the current crisis, will not be applied toward a defendant’s Constitutional speedy trial rights. As a […]

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Bill of Rights on Life Support

It’s official. With the ruling in Fernandez v. California this week, the United States Supreme Court has just reclassified the Bill of Rights from endangered to dying. I know that sounds like hyperbole, but if there was ever a time to sound the alarm bells, it is now. Without getting into all the technical details, […]

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What’s on my criminal record?

Posted on August 13, 2012 by Joseph

A client recently asked me, “How do I find out what is on my official criminal record?” The answer is not simple, but here is the gist of it. Different people have different levels of access to official criminal information systems. Private databases gather this info from public records, and then sell it to the […]

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Why Clemens May Walk

Posted on July 14, 2011 by Joseph

UPDATE!!! Mistrial Declared. Prosecution incompetence, horrific waste of taxpayer dollars. Spending more money to refile may make Justice Dept. look worse. Either way, huge break for The Rocket. Article below still worth reading! They have his DNA, so case closed, right? Wrong! Though I cannot pretend to get in the minds of the jurors in […]

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Know your Rights at Drunk Driving Roadblocks

Posted on July 4, 2011 by Joseph

It’s 4th of July and that means DUI roadblocks will be out in force. Know your rights if you encounter one this weekend. If ever in doubt, default to this simple process: First, ask if you are free to leave. If the officer says you are, then leave. If the officer says anything other than […]

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Barnstable DA should appoint special prosecutor

Posted on May 28, 2011 by Joseph

The Cape and Islands DA Michael O’Keefe should appoint a special prosecutor to investigate and possibly prosecute an incident where several off duty drug cops allegedly beat up a DJ at a bar. DJ accuses officers of beating him | As someone who has prosecuted cases myself, I understand the close relationship between prosecutors […]

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