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 APRIL, 2009
AMICUS SUBMISSIONS ARE DUE ON OR BEFORE MARCH 23, 2009
Commonwealth v. Brandon Watson
The issues presented, among others, are whether cautionary jury instructions should be given when police indicate to a witness that a suspect is present in an identification procedure or when police fail to warn the witness that the perpetrator may or may not be included in the procedure; whether in such circumstances, expert testimony regarding eyewitness identification should be admissible at the defendant's request.
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 26, 2009