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853 ABA Journal Massachusetts articles.

Inmate moons judge during video hearing after he was ordered held without bail

A Massachusetts inmate showed his displeasure by mooning the judge last week after she ordered him held without bail.

Justin MacLean, 37, may face additional charges for dropping his pants…

Following a 12% pay cut, UMass law professor challenges collective bargaining law for university staff

A University of Massachusetts School of Law professor is suing his union, his university and the state over a law that gives the union exclusive rights to represent him in salary negotiations and grievance procedures.

Lawyer accused of feeding answers to his client in Zoom deposition faces possible sanction

A Boston lawyer has been ordered to show cause why he shouldn’t face further sanctions for allegedly taking advantage of a Zoom deposition to secretly whisper answers to his client.

Supreme Court will hear case of Christian group that wanted to fly its flag at Boston City Hall

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to decide the case of a Christian group claiming that the city of Boston violated the First Amendment when it refused a request to fly a Christian flag temporarily at the Boston City Hall.

Lawyer avoids interim suspension after conviction stemming from impaired mother’s wandering

A justice on Massachusetts’ top court has declined to impose an interim suspension on a lawyer convicted of neglect in Rhode Island for failing to provide adequate care for his mother who has dementia.

Top Massachusetts court rules potential jurors can’t be removed based on sexual orientation

Lawyers can’t exclude potential jurors during voir dire based on sexual orientation, the top court in Massachusetts ruled on Monday.

Biden’s initial US attorney picks include historic firsts

President Joe Biden and his administration on Monday nominated eight lawyers to lead U.S. attorney’s offices, most of whom would be the first Black or female prosecutors to lead their districts.

Afternoon Briefs: 7 federal death penalty requests withdrawn; ex-lawyer sentenced for advice on supplements

DOJ withdraws death penalty requests

The U.S. Department of Justice has withdrawn requests for the death penalty in seven cases, reversing the stance taken by the department during the Trump…

Afternoon Briefs: Husch Blackwell merges with boutique firm; man sentenced for threat to Flynn judge

Husch Blackwell will merge with boutique firm

Husch Blackwell has announced a merger with a health law boutique that represents hospitals and health care systems in the Boston area. The…

Afternoon Briefs: US lawyer sentenced in Hong Kong tussle; Air Force at fault in mass shooting

US lawyer in Hong Kong sentenced to prison

Samuel Bickett, a U.S. lawyer in Hong Kong, has been sentenced to four months and two weeks in jail for intervening

Afternoon Briefs: Derek Chauvin sentenced; judge won’t toss climate change suit

Chauvin sentenced for George Floyd’s death

A Minnesota judge on Friday sentenced fired Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin to 22.5 years years in prison for killing George Floyd

ABA brief backs ‘individualized content questioning’ of possible jurors in high-publicity cases

Possible jurors in high-profile cases should be individually questioned to determine what they have read and heard about a case and how it affected their attitudes, the ABA says in an amicus brief filed Monday.

Law student sues school over COVID-19 vaccine and pandemic-related protocols

As universities set policies regarding coronavirus vaccines and in-person attendance, a New England Law Boston student has filed a federal court claim against the school, alleging the institution required him to wear a mask on campus, comply with social distancing policies and submit proof of receiving the vaccine

DOJ seeks reinstatement of death penalty for Boston Marathon bomber

The U.S. Department of Justice is backing reinstatement of the death sentence for the Boston Marathon bomber in a brief filed Monday with the U.S. Supreme Court.

In New York, a 7-year-old is arrested for rape; should the age for juvenile prosecutions be raised?

Children in New York can be charged as juvenile delinquents beginning at age 7, which explains why a boy of that age could be charged with rape in March in upstate Brasher Falls, New York.

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