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 NOVEMBER 2012
Commonwealth v. Dirk K. Greineder
The judgment in this case has been vacated and the case remanded to us for reconsideration in light of Williams vs. Illinois, 567 U.S. --- (2012). Amici are invited to address (1) what effect, if any, the Supreme Court's holding has on the defendant's conviction and this court's earlier decision, see 458 Mass. 207 (2010), and (2) going forward, in light of the Supreme Court's decision, what changes, if any, must or should be made to Massachusetts practice in cases where an expert witness provides opinion testimony at trial based on lab results or other underlying data prepared by others who do not testify. The defendant's brief on remand is due on September 14, 2012. The Commonwealth's brief is due on October 24, 2012. In accordance with Mass. R. A. P. 17, any amicus shall file its brief within the time allowed the party whose position as to affirmance or reversal the amicus brief will support, unless the court or a single justice for cause shown authorizes a later filing.
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|