Using Medical Records at Trial

Tuesday, August 5, 2014, 1:10 pm - 1:40 pm

Medical records can be important evidence in prosecuting domestic violence and sexual assault cases. However, publishing them to the jury without making proper redactions can cause a case to be reversed on appeal. In this thirty-minute webinar, Carrie Newton from MDAA’s Family Violence and Sexual Assault Unit will cover the basics of obtaining medical records, introducing those records as evidence and redacting statements concerning identification, ultimate conclusions on the charged crimes and disclosures of sexual assault. This webinar will also look at the recent Supreme Judicial Court case of Commonwealth v. Scott, 464 Mass. 355 (2013) and address when medical records may not be enough to prove an element of the crime. This webinar was previously offered on 07/30/13.

To Register for this Upcoming Webinar: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/549927758

 

Decriminalization of Marijuana and the Impact on the Law of Search and Seizure

Wednesday, August 6, 2014, 1:10 pm - 1:40 pm

In November, 2008, Massachusetts voters passed Ballot Initiative Two decriminalizing the possession of one ounce or less of marijuana. Now under G.L. c. 94C, § 32L, possession of one ounce or less of marijuana is a civil offense and the marijuana is subject to forfeiture. Since then, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and Appeals Court have analyzed the ability of police officers to search and seize for marijuana and evidence of marijuana use. The MDAA Motor Vehicles Staff Attorney, Andrea Nardone, will give an overview of how these decisions have shaped the search and seizure law and detail what is and is not allowable to help prosecutors effectively combat defense challenges in court.

To Register for this Upcoming Webinar: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/260542166

 

Intimidation of a Witness

Tuesday, August 19, 2014, 1:10 pm - 1:40 pm

Intimidation of a Witness is a felony in Massachusetts and the charge can encompass a broad range of actions. In this thirty-minute webinar, Carrie Newton, a Staff Attorney with MDAA’s Family Violence and Sexual Assault Unit will look G.L. c. 268, § 13B, the 2010 amendments to this statute and recent case law interpreting the statute. The following questions will be answered in this webinar: What is sufficient evidence to show intimidation? What do prosecutors needs to show for a link between the defendant’s act and his intent to intimidate? Where can the defendant be prosecuted?

To Register for this Upcoming Webinar: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/948405862