Notable & Quotable: MBA members in the media

Thursday, Sep. 26, 2013

Notable & Quotable


Federal judge nominations in Massachusetts

Healy for Notable

"It is not unusual because of the partisan gridlock in Washington for any of the president's nominations to take up to a year. And again, with the support of the local U.S. senators that we have from Massachusetts, that will make a tremendous difference in getting the president's nomination through."

MBA Chief Legal Counsel Martin W. Healy, WGGB, Sept. 24

Speaking to Springfield's ABC affiliate, Healy applauded President Obama's nomination of three Massachusetts attorneys for federal judgeships: Hampden District Attorney Mark Mastroianni, Boston lawyer Indira Talwani and Harvard Law School professor David Jeremiah Barron. He urged the Senate to move quickly to fill the long-standing vacancies.


Aaron Hernandez case

Sheff for Notable

"I think she's the perfect judge for this case. She's extremely thoughtful and is among the highest regarded judges on the bench."

MBA President Douglas K. Sheff, Fall River Herald, Sept. 22

Sheff was one of the lawyers quoted in an article about the selection of Bristol County Superior Court Judge E. Susan Garsh to preside over the murder trial of former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez. Sheff said, "She is going to figure out a way to be fair to everyone."


New juvenile jurisdiction law

Rush OMara for Notable

"Some of them can barely put a sentence together, never mind be their own advocate."

MBA Vice President Martha Rush O'Mara, Cape Cod Times, Sept. 19

Rush O'Mara, who practices mainly in the Boston Juvenile Court, commented on the new juvenile jurisdiction law, explaining why the juvenile system is the proper place for 17-year-olds. The law was initially filed as House Bill No. 1432. In April 2013, Rush O'Mara joined Joshua Dohan, director of the Youth Advocacy Division at CPCS, to testify in favor of House Bill 1432.

"Seventeen-year-olds are still mentally developing, and should be treated as a juvenile under our criminal justice system."
MBA Chief Legal Counsel Martin W. Healy, WBUR, Sept. 18

Healy was quoted after the governor signed into law MBA-backed legislation that raised the age of Juvenile Court jurisdiction from 17 to 18 years old. The MBA pushed strongly for this change, because it allows the commonwealth's youngest offenders the opportunity to become productive and successful citizens through the rehabilitative nature of the Juvenile Court.


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