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849 ABA Journal Massachusetts articles.

DA says she will toss 74,800 criminal cases because of lab fiasco

District Attorney Rachael Rollins of Suffolk County, Massachusetts, plans to toss 74,800 criminal cases as a result of a lab scandal that sent a chemist to prison.

Supreme Court will consider reinstating death sentence for Boston bomber

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to consider whether a federal appeals court erred when it vacated the death penalty for convicted Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Judge refuses to block forfeiture of retirement account of former BigLaw partner

A former Hunton & Williams partner who was convicted in a $1.9 million fraudulent real estate scheme will lose his law firm retirement account to the federal government as a result of a federal judge’s ruling last week.

Paralegal’s discrimination suit alleges Jones Day partner threatened her with toy gun

A Haitian-born paralegal’s discrimination lawsuit against Jones Day has alleged that she was held to a different standard than white staff members in the firm's Boston office.

As some jury trials resume, juror shortages create problems; one court sees a 5% yield on summonses

As jury trials resume in several states and continue in others, finding jurors willing to show up is a problem.

Elizabeth Greene aims to prevent heart disease and stroke in central Massachusetts

Elizabeth Greene had been practicing with Mirick, O’Connell, DeMallie & Lougee in Worcester, Massachusetts, for two years in 1997 when she heard about a new opportunity. She received an email from a partner who volunteered with the American Heart Association but was moving on to other projects. He told her the organization wanted to rekindle its presence in central Massachusetts and needed someone’s help.

Quinten Steenhuis used tech expertise and passion for social justice to create tools for legal needs

For nearly 12 years, Steenhuis worked as a senior housing attorney, systems administrator and developer at Greater Boston Legal Services, where he also built Massachusetts Defense for Eviction, which helps pro se tenants defend themselves.

Afternoon Briefs: Biden lifts transgender military ban; Boston doesn’t have to fly Christian flag, court says

Biden lifts transgender military ban

President Joe Biden signed an executive order Monday that lifts the Trump administration’s ban on transgender people in the military. “What I’m doing is enabling…

Bail is denied in new rape case against lawyer who was once named a most eligible bachelor

Bail was denied Thursday for Massachusetts criminal defense lawyer Gary Zerola, who is accused of raping a woman while out on bail on a previous rape charge.

Afternoon Briefs: Student loan reprieve extended; did Giuliani infect state lawmakers?

One more month of student loan forbearance announced by Education Department

Student loan forbearance has been extended through Jan. 31, the U.S. Department of Education announced Friday. The offering started…

After judge cites prosecutors’ racist emails, DA declines to retry Asian American woman for murder

Prosecutors said last week they won’t retry a woman convicted of setting a deadly fire after a judge vacated her conviction partly because of racist emails by prosecutors.

Afternoon Briefs: Ginsburg stayed busy before her death; report recommends end to routine traffic stops

Ginsburg participated in SCOTUS cases through at least Sept. 11

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg remained busy in the weeks before her death Sept. 18. She reportedly spent…

1st Circuit lifts ban on immigration arrests at state courthouses in Massachusetts

A federal appeals court on Tuesday vacated a federal judge’s preliminary injunction that blocked U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement from making civil arrests of people in the country illegally at state courthouses in Massachusetts.

Removal or retirement is recommended for judge accused of groping worker

A hearing officer is recommending removal or retirement for a Massachusetts judge accused of groping a court employee at a bar after a judicial education conference.

New York announces reciprocity agreements with 9 jurisdictions while it plans online October bar exam

New York has announced reciprocity agreements with some jurisdictions also offering the October online bar exam, which will use National Conference of Bar Examiners testing materials.

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