THE SUPREME JUDICIAL COURT IS SOLICITING AMICUS BRIEFS OR MEMORANDA FROM INTERESTED PARTIES IN THE FOLLOWING MATTER PENDING BEFORE THE COURT
ARGUMENT IS SCHEDULED FOR FEBRUARY 2008.
AMICUS SUBMISSIONS ARE DUE ON OR BEFORE JANUARY 28, 2008.
Commonwealth v. Andres Lora
A Superior Court judge allowed the defendant's motion to suppress evidence and statements obtained after the stop of a vehicle in which he was a passenger, concluding that the defendant had met his burden to demonstrate the stop was racially motivated by introducing expert statistical evidence, unrebutted by the Commonwealth, that raised an inference of selective law enforcement based on race. The issue presented, among others, is in what circumstances may a court properly conclude that the stop of an automobile was unconstitutionally based on the operator's or passenger's race.
Interested parties may file their briefs in the Office of the Clerk for the Commonwealth, John Adams Courthouse, Suite 1-400, Pemberton Square, Boston MA 02108-1724 (Telephone 617-557-1020). Parties filing amicus briefs are expected to comply with the requirements of Rules 17, 19 and 20 of Mass. Rules of Appellate Procedure. Amicus briefs, to assist the court, should focus on the ramifications of a decision and not solely on the interests of the parties filing such briefs.
|Susan Mellen, Clerk|
January 9, 2008