Notable & Quotable: MBA members in the media

Thursday, Jun. 5, 2014

Notable & Quotable

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Matanov Arrest in Tsarnaev Case

Sheff for Notable

"I would say there are two potential reasons that they waited so long to indict him: One could be to gather more information, and the other could be to strengthen the death penalty claim."

MBA President Douglas K. Sheff, Boston Herald, May 31

Sheff spoke to the Herald about Khairullozhon Matanov, a Quincy cab driver and friend of accused Marathon bombers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was arrested last week and charged with obstructing the investigation. Federal prosecutors could use Matanov's testimony about a dinner conversation that took place on the evening of last year's bombings in their attempt to seek the death penalty for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. MBA Past Criminal Justice Section Chair Peter Elikann was also a featured guest on New England Cable News on May 30, the day Matanov appeared in federal court.

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South Yarmouth Abuse Case

Notable Kazarosian

"This is pretty serious. They're probably playing it pretty carefully because they don't want to make a misstep."

MBA President-elect Marsha V. Kazarosian, Cape Cod Times, June 1

Kazarosian was quoted in the Cape Cod Times in a story on a Department of Children & Families (DCF) report that accuses two South Yarmouth caregivers of abuse, which could have contributed to the death of 23-month-old Lucas Braman in February. Authorities have not determined a cause of death and the investigation is ongoing.

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Mazzaglia Trial

Notable Elikann

"The prosecution is doing exactly what they need to do here in portraying their witness and sort of making the accused person look about as evil as anybody could ever possibly look."

MBA Past Criminal Justice Section Chair Peter Elikann, FOX25, June 3

Elikann appeared live on FOX25 to analyze the New Hampshire trial of Seth Mazzaglia who is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Lizzi Marriott, a 19-year-old University of New Hampshire student from Westborough, MA. "It's almost like a battle of the credibility here between the two sides. Which side is the jury going to be won over by?" remarked Elikann. FOX25 also featured Elikann's analysis of the case in a follow-up segment on June 4.

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Of Note:

  • Boston.com detailed some of the key findings of a recent report released by the MBA's Blue Ribbon Commission on Criminal Justice Attorney Compensation ("Study: Assistant DAs Earn Less Than Courthouse Custodians," June 4). "If you were to walk through the doors of a Massachusetts courthouse, you would never guess which of the employees roaming the halls receives the lowest salary," notes the article.
  • MBA Access to Justice Award winner Stephen Phillips (Pro Bono Publico Award) was featured in the Springfield Republican ("People In Business: Stephen Phillips of Dunn & Phillips PC," June 5).
  • MBA Access to Justice Award winner James B. Krasnoo (Defender Award) was featured in the Andover Townsman ("Lawyer honored as zealous advocate," June 5).
  • MBA Access to Justice Award winner Gerald Wall (Legal Services Award) was featured in the Waltham News Tribune ("Waltham resident receives Legal Services Award," May 27).