Notable & Quotable: MBA members in the media

Thursday, Mar. 27, 2014

Notable & Quotable

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Justina Pelletier custody case

Notable Elikann

"In the long run the state has the final say. …The main principle here is that you always want to go for the child's best interest. If the parents can't do it, the state steps in."

MBA Past Criminal Justice Section Chair Peter Elikann, FOX25, March 20

Massachusetts juvenile court judge awarded the State Department of Children and Families (DCF) permanent custody of 15-year-old Justina Pelletier in a widely publicized ruling on Tuesday. The custody dispute between Justina's parents and DCF has been ongoing since February 2013 when the state agency was granted temporary custody of the teen after a recommendation from Boston Children's Hospital suspected the parents of medical child abuse. FOX25 also spoke to MBA President-elect Marsha V. Kazarosian on March 21 as part of a weekly rundown of the high-profile legal cases in the state. Vice President Martha Rush O'Mara was also a guest on FOX25 after the decision was announced on Tuesday.

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Jared Remy case

Notable Kazarosian

"It takes the child out of the middle, and it also gives respect and deference for both sets of grandparents to understand that whatever happened, [all] of these grandparents obviously are going to love and care for this child. "

MBA President-elect Marsha V. Kazarosian, Boston Globe, March 25

Kazarosian spoke to the Boston Globe after a settlement was reached and a trial was averted in the custody case involving five-year-old Arianna Remy, the daughter of Jennifer Martel and Jared Remy. Martel was allegedly murdered last August by Remy, who is in prison awaiting trial. An agreement was reached granting Martel's parents custody of the child with the paternal grandparents, Red Sox broadcaster Jerry Remy and his wife Phoebe, receiving visitation rights. Arianna had been in state foster care since the alleged incident. Defense attorney and MBA spokesman Peter Elikann was also a guest on the WGBH TV program "Greater Boston" on Thursday evening to discuss Jared Remy's legal history.

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