THE SUPREME JUDICIAL COURT IS SOLICITING AMICUS BRIEFS OR MEMORANDA FROM INTERESTED PARTIES IN THE FOLLOWING MATTER PENDING BEFORE THE COURT
ARGUMENT IS TENTATIVELY SCHEDULED FOR FEBRUARY 2009.
AMICUS SUBMISSIONS ARE DUE ON OR BEFORE JANUARY 20, 2009
Commonwealth v. Frantz Kebreau
The issues presented in this appeal from convictions of sexual abuse of children are: whether the first complaint testimony was properly admitted in conformance with Commonwealth v. King, 445 Mass. 217; whether the defendant's admission at a family meeting at a church, moderated by three pastors, was a communication protected by the priest-penitent privilege, G. L. c. 233, § 20A; whether the prosecutor improperly vouched for the credibility of witnesses.
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|
December 29, 2008