Massachusetts

803 ABA Journal Massachusetts articles.

Lynching cold cases are re-examined as law students compile archive

The document is more than 85 years old, handwritten and hard to read. Many death certificates from this period are ambiguous or euphemistic: The victim died from a “broken neck.”…

Massachusetts officials defend scans of driver’s licenses in hunt for wanted suspects

Police use facial recognition software to regularly scan driver’s license photos in Massachusetts when hunting for suspects, a practice that is also being used elsewhere.

Critics fear the practice being…

The tables turn as Democratic attorneys general prepare to challenge Trump policies

Taking a cue from their Republican counterparts, some Democratic state attorneys general are prepared to file lawsuits that challenge Donald Trump’s administration’s actions.

An argument advanced by Republicans—that states must…

Defense lawyers say prosecutors have dragged their feet on redressing wrongs of faked lab evidence

In August 2012, Annie Dookhan, a veteran chemist with a Massachusetts state drug lab, admitted to contaminating samples and faking test results during her 8½-year career. More than 20,000 drug…

10 Questions: ‘Sledgehammer Shannon’ defends workers in sharing economy

Nicknamed “Sledgehammer Shannon,” this Boston lawyer doesn’t take on cases; she takes on industries. Click here to register for 10 Questions Live with Shannon Liss-Riordan today at 2 p.m. ET.

Law firm partners received ‘bonuses’ after making political contributions; was it legal?

At least two politicians are returning campaign donations to a Boston personal-injury law firm after a Boston Globe report said high-profile partners who donated money were quickly reimbursed with law…

Top state court should toss 24,000 convictions connected to disgraced chemist, ACLU says

The top court in Massachusetts is being asked to toss more than 24,000 convictions that are linked to a chemist who admitted to tampering with evidence samples to favor law…

Sarah Glassmeyer: Opening a window on closed data

Sarah Glassmeyer

David Colarusso: The data scientist at law

The data scientist at law

Another judge is in the spotlight after athlete avoids prison in indecent assault case

A Massachusetts judge is being criticized for sentencing a high school athlete to two years of probation for the indecent assault of a classmate who was unconscious after a drinking…

Prosecutors entitled to warrant for Aaron Hernandez cellphone, being held by his lawyer, court says

Prosecutors are entitled to a search warrant to obtain the cellphone that former Patriots star Aaron Hernandez initially turned over to his former lawyer, the top court in Massachusetts has…

Employers can’t ask job applicants about salary history under new Massachusetts law

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has signed into law an updated equal-pay measure that bans employers from asking job applicants about their current and previous pay.

The “groundbreaking” law makes Massachusetts…

Why Tim Kaine became disillusioned at Harvard Law School

Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine experienced some “bumpy years” at Harvard Law School, according to a newspaper account of his years there.

Kaine was the son of a metal…

Homeless man should have been allowed to argue necessity in trespass case, state high court rules

A homeless man should have been allowed to present a necessity defense in a prosecution for trespassing in cold winter weather, the top court in Massachusetts ruled on Thursday.

The…

Ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez taps Casey Anthony lawyer and Harvard prof as new murder case counsel

When his trial begins in his next Massachusetts murder case, former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez will have a new defense team.

He has retained Jose Baez, who shot…

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