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 MARCH 2010
AMICUS SUBMISSIONS ARE DUE ON OR BEFORE FEBRUARY 16, 2010
Commonwealth v. John Thissell
Whether, at a probation revocation hearing in which the defendant was alleged to have violated GPS conditions, a District Court judge properly relied on documents provided by an electronic monitoring center showing the date and time of certain exclusion zone violations, introduced through the testimony of a probation officer who received them as facsimile transmissions from the probation department; whether the documents were admissible under the business records exception; whether the defendant was denied his right to confrontation of witnesses when the documents were admitted.
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 4, 2009