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 OCTOBER 2008.
John Doe & others v. Chair of the Parole Board & others
Issues presented, among others, are: whether plaintiffs, admitted to parole for convictions of sex offenses and classified by the Sex Offender Registry Board prior to the 2006 effective date of G. L. c. 127, § 133D ½, are subject to the automatic, mandatory GPS tracking with an ankle shackle required by that statute; whether plaintiffs were entitled to a hearing before GPS tracking was imposed; whether in plaintiffs' circumstances GPS tracking is invidiously discriminatory in violation of art. 12, infringes on a fundamental liberty interest in freedom from physical restraint, or infringes on other liberty interests and privacy rights.
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|
July 23, 2008