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1st Circuit Court

201 ABA Journal 1st Circuit Court articles.

Well-known trial lawyer is federally charged with witness tampering

A well-known Massachusetts trial lawyer has been federally charged with witness tampering.

Timothy Flaherty is accused of paying a witness in a hate crime case $2,500 to persuade him not…

Tsarnaev gets death penalty in Boston Marathon bombings

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev showed no emotion on Friday as a federal jury, after 14 hours of deliberation, made a rare decision to impose the death penalty for the fatal bombings near…

US Supreme Court declines appeal from inmate denied gender-change surgery

A nearly 20-year legal battle by a convicted murderer seeking gender reassignment surgery at taxpayer expense ended Monday when the nation’s top court declined to hear an appeal by Michelle…

Death-penalty arguments in Boston Marathon case include photo of Tsarnaev’s obscene gesture

The government’s opening arguments in the punishment phase of the Boston Marathon bombing trial began Tuesday with photos of four victims and ended with a photo of the defendant giving…

Tsarnaev found guilty in Boston Marathon bombing trial; could get death penalty

After more than 11 hours of deliberation, a federal jury has convicted Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 21, on all 30 charges in the Boston Marathon bombings capital case.

The Wednesday guilty verdict…

Woman sues over barbecue brush, seeks unspecified damages for surgery costs

A free barbecue brush that came with a new grill was no bargain, a Maine woman contends.

In a January lawsuit filed in Maine state court that has since…

Advocacy group for the deaf sues Harvard, MIT; allege lack of closed-captioning for online courses

An advocacy group for the deaf sued Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Thursday over a claimed lack of closed-captioning in their online educational materials.

Filed in…

Many courts close early Monday, plan to stay shuttered Tuesday as predicted monster snowstorm looms

As snow began falling Monday in what is forecast as a potential record-breaking blizzard in the Northeast, court officials joined those in charge of schools and other government offices in…

Lawyer charged in claimed scheme to launder nearly $1M in fraudulently obtained tax-refund checks

A Boston area lawyer who specializes in real estate closings has been indicted in a claimed conspiracy to launder nearly $1 million in fraudulently obtained federal tax-refund checks.

R. David…

Security measures at Boston Marathon bombing trial extend outside courthouse

As jury selection began this week in what is considered by many the highest-profile U.S. terrorism trial since Timothy McVeigh’s over the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, security was high.

Harvard law grad loses defamation suit over plagiarism rebuke on transcript

A Harvard Law School graduate says she lost out on BigLaw work because an unfair reprimand claiming she plagiarized a law review article was included on her transcript.

But a…

Jury selection to begin in Boston Marathon bombing trial

Jury selection is expected to begin Monday in the federal capital murder trial of the surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is charged with 30 counts, including 17 that…

En banc 1st Circuit ruling nixes state-funded sex-change surgery for prison inmate

Reversing a federal district judge and a three-judge appellate panel, an en banc federal appeals court on Tuesday said Massachusetts does not have to pay for sex-change surgery for a…

Retired lawyer sues Bill Cosby, says claims she lied about alleged sexual assault were defamatory

A retired lawyer who for years has claimed Bill Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her decades ago has now filed a defamation suit against the famous comedian.

By repeatedly describing…

Judge nixes fees for bankruptcy lawyer, citing ‘passive-aggressive’ response to required forms

A Massachusetts bankruptcy lawyer who repeatedly submitted court forms for one client without filling in all of the information they required was axed from the case on Monday by a…

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